The pediatric cardiology pharmacopeia: 2013 update

Pediatr Cardiol. 2013 Jan;34(1):1-29. doi: 10.1007/s00246-012-0553-8. Epub 2012 Nov 29.


The use of medications plays a pivotal role in the management of children with heart diseases. Most children with increased pulmonary blood flow require chronic use of anticongestive heart failure medications until more definitive interventional or surgical procedures are performed. The use of such medications, particularly inotropic agents and diuretics, is even more amplified during the postoperative period. Currently, children are undergoing surgical intervention at an ever younger age with excellent results aided by advanced anesthetic and postoperative care. The most significant of these advanced measures includes invasive and noninvasive monitoring as well as a wide array of pharmacologic agents. This review update provides a medication guide for medical practitioners involved in care of children with heart diseases.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Child
  • Disease Management
  • Heart Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Pediatrics*
  • Pharmacopoeias as Topic*


  • Cardiovascular Agents