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Alexis C. Gimovsky, Brianne Whitney, Dennis Wood and Stuart Weiner


BACKGROUND: The Myocardial Performance Index (MPI) is a Doppler derived myocardial function tool and can be used to evaluate systolic and diastolic function in fetuses. The objectives of this study were to investigate the MPI during labor and compare it to values in non-laboring women.

METHODOLOGY: 40 women with uncomplicated, term, singleton pregnancies were recruited to this prospective observational study at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Controls were a retrospective cohort of women > 34 weeks who underwent third trimester fetal echocardiography. Fetal left and right sided isovolumic contraction time, isovolumic relaxation time and ejection time were recorded before, during and after contractions. Right and left sided MPI was then calculated.

RESULTS: Laboring patients and non-laboring patients were comparable for age, race, gravidity and parity. During labor the average left MPI was 0.63 ± 0.17 and the average right MPI was 0.62 ± 0.20. The coefficient of correlation between MPI and cervical dilation was 0.15 for left MPI Index and 0.14 for right MPI. When comparing non-laboring to laboring women, the average left MPI for non-laboring women was 0.34 ± 0.04, p = <0.001.

CONCLUSIONS: Myocardial Performance Index is a non-invasive, easily attainable measure of cardiac function that can be obtained during labor and does not change with cervical dilation. MPI is significantly different between laboring and non-laboring women. The fetal MPI may help define fetal status in labor.

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Paulina Kordjalik, Zdzisław Tobota and Maria Respondek-Liberska


Introduction: Analysis have been subjected to evaluate standard data reports from the Polish National Prenatal Cardiac Pathology Registry from the year 2016, compared to previous years. Material and methods: The methodology of this work was comparison of the data from previous years that have been published in the Prenatal Cardiology and records generated in www. from the year 2016. The total number of records entered in the Registry in the year 2016 was n=774. Results: Top 10 most common prenatal CHD in 2016 were such as follow: HLHS, AVSD, VSD, d-TGA, TOF, AvS, muscular VSD, Aberrant origin R subclavian artery, RAA, CoA. In the centers Lodz and Krakow the most common prenatal congenital heart defects were severe CHD requiring surgery in 1 st month of life. In the contrast, in Warsaw the first place was taken by a “critical heart defects” regardless whether cardiac surgery was planned in first week (contemporary definition of prenatal critical heart defects) or first month - contemporary definition of severe planned heart defects of postnatal life. Conclusion: The fact that in 2016 most common cause of referrals to targeted the fetal chocardiography was abnormal, large vessels view and not the abnormal 4 chamber view of the heart, suggests more and better training of hysicians performing the screening or basic study of fetal heart in Poland.

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Iwona Strzelecka, Jadwiga Moll, Katarzyna Kornacka, Andrzej Zieliński and Maria Respondek-Liberska

Defects in the Fetus. Publisher Adi Art, Lodz 2011 (in Polish). 15. Słodki M: Model of care of pregnant women with congenital heart disease in the fetus based of a new classification prenatal heart defects. Habilitation thesis. Medical University of Lodz 2013 (in Polish). 16. Respondek-Liberska M, Radzymińska-Chruściel B: Prenatal consultation in XXI century - new challenge and new possibilities. Prenat Cardio. 2012 Dec;2(5):27-30. [Polish] 17. Fisher L, van Belle G: Biostatistics. A Methodology for the Health Sciences