Nutrition and Congenital Heart Disease

Publication Date: 27 January 2020
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: NONE; Dietitian CPEU: NONE

Course Description:

This course is not for continuing education credit. In this course, you’ll discuss growth and nutritional requirements in children with cardiac conditions; recognize research supporting optimized nutrition outcomes; and identify practical nutrition interventions to meet high nutrient and energy needs. This course is for UK HCPs.

Course Objectives:

•Discuss growth and nutritional requirements in children with cardiac conditions.
•Recognize research supporting optimized nutrition outcomes.
•Identify practical nutrition interventions to meet high nutrient and energy needs for children with cardiac conditions.
  • Run Time: 51

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Luise Marino, PhD, BSc Hons, PGDip Diet, MMedSci Nutr

Clinical Academic Paediatric Dietitian
Southampton Children’s Hospital
Southampton, England, UK

Luise joined Southampton Children’s Hospital in 2013, working clinically in Neonatal / Paediatric Intensive Care and Cardiology. Prior to this she spent 15 years working in various academic hospitals in South Africa, of which four years were spent as the dietetic manager at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, in Cape Town.

Following her return to the UK, she completed a PhD fellowship at Imperial College London, considering the role of HSP70 and the relationship to glutamine in the critically ill child. Luise has a HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Fellowship considering “Growth and nutrition of infants with congenital heart disease: development of guidelines and a digital home monitoring programme to support families”. She is the current Chair of the British Dietetic Association Paediatric Cardiology Interest Group.

Luise has published several peer reviewed articles and book chapters and is involved in collaborative research projects within the Children’s Hospital. Luise’s research interest aims to characterise the nutritional journey of infants and children with acute and chronic disease with a focus on those with congenital heart disease, and how the development of pragmatic pathways for nutritional rehabilitation could promote healthy growth and reduce parental stress.


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