Development of the MAGIC congenital heart disease catheterization database for interventional outcome studies

Allen D. Everett, Richard Ringel, John F. Rhodes, Thomas P. Doyle, Carl Y. Owada, Ralf J. Holzer, John P. Cheatham, Jeremy Ringewald, Varsha Bandisode, Yu Li Chen, D. Scott Lim

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As the field of catheter-based therapies for congenital heart disease continues to expand, we lack the evidence-based data to make appropriate therapeutic decisions in the catheterization laboratory. A stumbling block to the determination of evidence-based therapies is our inability to simply and reliably share outcome data across multiple centers. We investigated whether a commonly used congenital heart disease catheterization database program (PedCath™) could be used as an automatic catheterization data submission tool to a central database for outcome analysis. To test the feasibility of such a tool for collaborative outcomes research we formed a national group of seven congenital heart disease centers, the Mid-Atlantic Group of Interventional Cardiology, to warehouse and analyze catheterization data. We successfully modified PedCath™ to transfer the results of catheter-based therapies on 256 therapeutic procedures for atrial septal defect (ASD) closure, coarctation of the aorta angioplasty and stenting, and pulmonary and aortic balloon valvuloplasties over a 13-month pilot period. Short-term follow-up within the 13-month period was received on 31 patients. This study demonstrated the successful development of a simple process, requiring minimal data entry for investigators from around the world to share cardiac catheterization data for long-term outcome determination of catheter-based therapies for congenital heart disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-177
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Interventional Cardiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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