Short-Term Nutritional Support Improves The Preoperative Nutritional Status of Infants With Non-Restrictive Ventricular Septal Defect: A Prospective Controlled Study

Heart Surg Forum. 2022 Oct 31;25(5):E745-E749. doi: 10.1532/hsf.5009.


Objective: To investigate the effect of short-term nutritional support on improving preoperative nutritional status of infants with non-restrictive ventricular septal defect.

Methods: A prospective randomized controlled study was conducted from June 2021 to December 2021 at a provincial children's hospital in China. The difference of nutritional status between the intervention group and the control group after short-term nutritional support was compared.

Results: After one month of nutritional support, the weight, STRONGkids score, albumin, prealbumin, and hemoglobin in the intervention group significantly were higher than those in the control group (P < 0.05). The postoperative intensive care time and discharge time of the two groups significantly were lower in the intervention group than those in the control group (P < 0.05).

Conclusion: The preoperative nutritional support of 1 month for infants with non-restrictive ventricular septal defect can effectively improve their preoperative nutritional status and promote postoperative recovery.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Heart Septal Defects, Ventricular* / surgery
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Nutritional Status*
  • Nutritional Support
  • Postoperative Period
  • Prospective Studies