The Berlin Heart device is used in children whose hearts are no longer strong enough to pump enough blood around their bodies. There are many different types of conditions which can cause this need for support such as a weak heart muscle (cardiomyopathy) or an infected heart muscle (myocarditis).
Blood pressure is a measurement of the force used by the heart to pump blood around the body. This information from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, why it might be needed and how to carry it out at home.
Iloprost is known as a prostaglandin. It acts by imitating a naturally occurring substance in the body called prostacyclin. It is prescribed at GOSH to treat pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the blood vessels in the lungs). It works by lowering blood pressure by widening the blood vessels in the lungs.
This information sheet from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains the causes, symptoms and treatment of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). It also describes what to expect when your child is being treated at GOSH.