Chapter 21. Cardiac Conditions

  1. Kate Thomson MBBS, FRACP General Paediatrician2,3,
  2. Dean Tey MBBS Allergy and Immunology Fellow4 and
  3. Michael Marks MBBS, MPH, MD, FRACP Paediatrician Senior Lecturer5,6
  1. Paul Brooks MBBS (Hons) and
  2. Dan Penny MD, PhD, FRACP Professor Director of Cardiology

Published Online: 17 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch21

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Brooks, P. and Penny, D. (2009) Cardiac Conditions, in Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition (eds K. Thomson, D. Tey and M. Marks), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch21

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Developmental Medicine, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  2. 3

    Emergency Department, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  3. 4

    Department of Allergy and Immunology, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 5

    Department of General Medicine, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  5. 6

    Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Author Information

  1. Department of Cardiology, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 13 FEB 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405174008

Online ISBN: 9781444308051



  • cardiac conditions;
  • Chest radiograph (CXR) and electrocardiogram (ECG) - specific but not sensitive tests for cardiac disease;
  • clinical syndromes of presentation with symptomatic CHD;
  • heart failure after neonatal period;
  • hypercyanotic spells (‘tetralogy spells’);
  • supraventricular tachycardia (SVT);
  • infective endocarditis - damaged area of endothelium and bacteraemia;
  • endocarditis prophylaxis;
  • basic ECG interpretation;
  • QRS complexes and T waves


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • When to investigate a murmur

  • The neonate with symptomatic congenital heart disease

  • Neonatal cyanosis

  • Heart failure after the neonatal period

  • Hypercyanotic spells (‘tetralogy spells’)

  • Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT)

  • Infective endocarditis

  • Basic ECG interpretation