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.
The lead-up and routine around your child’s bedtime is referred to as their ’sleep hygiene’. Having good sleep hygiene can help your child both to settle to sleep and to stay asleep, and there are several things that parents can do to aid this. This information sheet from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about sleep hygiene and outlines some of the areas that could be considered when trying to ensure children have the best possible sleep hygiene.
A pH impedance study measures movement of liquid and air up and down the oesophagus (the food pipe between the mouth and the stomach). This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about the pH impedance study, what it involves and what to expect when your child comes to GOSH for the test.
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.