Should z-scores be used in adults with congenital heart disease?

Luc Mertens, Craig Broberg

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    Various means have been proposed to account for body size in various cardiac measurements such as ventricular size or aortic diameter. The z-score, a well established process used in pediatrics to account for changes with somatic growth, reflects the position of a measurement, expressed in standard deviations, relative to the mean of the population distribution. Yet the z-score method has not been adapted in adult cardiology practices. In adult congenital heart disease, what is the potential role of z-scores for anthropomorphic indexing? We present arguments for and against the use of z-score nomograms as an indexing method in adults with congenital heart disease.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)39-41
    Number of pages3
    JournalProgress in Pediatric Cardiology
    Volume34
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Aug 2012

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    Keywords

    • Body size
    • Echocardiography
    • Measurements

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    • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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