Congenital Heart Disease

About the Journal

Congenital Heart Disease is an Open Access Peer-review journal which is focused exclusively on the study and treatment of congenital defects in children and adults.

Indexing and Abstracting

Science Citation Index Expanded (Clarivate Analytics): 2019 Impact Factor: 1.663; Scopus CiteScore (Impact per Publication 2019): 2.7; SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper 2019): 0.943; Journal Citation Report/Science Edition (JCR); etc.

Previously published by Wiley (, Congenital Heart Disease starts to be published by Tech Science Press from 2020. It supports Open Access Policy and an Article Processing Charge (APC) of $1200 US dollars applies to all accepted papers (submitted after 1st August 2020).

  • Long-Term Healthcare Utilization, Medical Cost, and Societal Cost in Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Abstract Objective: Cost-of-illness studies in Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) have mainly been limited to hospitalizations. This is the first paper to provide a comprehensive overview from a societal perspective including inpatient and outpatient medical costs, and absenteeism- and unemployment-related societal costs. Methods: A retrospective longitudinal (2006–2015) database analysis was performed in Belgium combining administrative and clinical databases (n = 10,572). Trends in resource use and costs per patient year were standardized to assess the impact of changes in the patient population composition. Generalized Linear Mixed Models assessed the impact of age, sex, lesion complexity, and time. Costs were converted to… More
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  • Pseudoaneurysm after Tetralogy of Fallot Repair Using Right Ventricular Outflow Tract Patch
  • Abstract Background: Pseudoaneurysm complicating right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) with conduit placement was an infrequent complication but with potential for significant morbidity and mortality, and a more unusual pseudoaneurysm after RVOT patching was investigated here. Methods: Patients diagnosed as pseudoaneurysms at our institution from 2010 to 2019 were reviewed and their clinical characteristics were analyzed. Results: A total of seven patients developed pseudoaneurysm in RVOT were identified. One pseudoaneurysm arose after placement of a conduit between the right ventricle and the pulmonary artery, and the other six formed after RVOT patching. One patient presented with arrhythmia, one patient had the pseudoaneurysm… More
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  • FFR-Guided PCI in a 17-Year-Old Patient after Arterial Switch Operation for D-Transposition of the Great Arteries
  • Abstract Asymptomatic coronary artery obstruction represents a significant diagnostic challenge in patients with Dextro-Transposition of the Great Arteries and history of Arterial Switch Operation. We report the case of a 17-year-old boy with anomalous origin of left circumflex artery from the right coronary artery, who underwent neonatal arterial switch operation and developed silent myocardial ischemia under stress on myocardial scintigraphy. Despite coronary angiogram and intravascular ultrasound showed only intermediate stenosis of the right coronary artery ostium, the physiological analysis, through the employment of pressure wire, demonstrated a severe reduction of coronary fractional flow reserve after pharmacologically induced hyperemia. Thus, the patient… More
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  • The Effect of Carnitine Supplementation on Left Ventricular Function: Lessons from Current Evidence and Insights for Future Studies
  • Abstract Introduction: In children, data on the effects on carnitine supplementation and myocardial function are limited. A few studies have investigated the relationship between serum carnitine levels in the setting of depressed cardiac function and have demonstrated possible benefits. As such, this systematic review and meta-analyses aimed to assess the effects carnitine supplementation on left ventricular function. Materials and Methods: A systematic review of the literature was performed to identify full text manuscripts in English. PubMed, EMBASE, and the Cochrane databases were queried. Studies were included with data from pediatric patients, that used carnitine supplementation and included preand post-carnitine data for… More
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  • Health-Related Quality of Life, Emotional and Behavioral Problems in Children and Adolescents with Ebstein Anomaly
  • Abstract Background: Due to the improved survival rates of children and adolescents with congenital heart disease (CHD), more attention is now being directed towards their health-related quality of life (HRQoL), emotional and behavioral problems. Ebstein anomaly (EA) is a rare CHD with a broad clinical spectrum. The aim of the current study is to evaluate self- and proxy-reported HRQoL and emotional and behavioral problems in children and adolescents with EA. Methods: In this cross-sectional, multicenter study, we included EA patients (aged 8–17 years), who underwent routine clinical assessments in Dutch university hospitals between May 2017 and March 2019. The Generic Pediatric… More
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  • Abnormal Coronary Anatomy in Patients with Transposition of the Great Arteries and Atrial Switch: A Predictor of Serious Cardiac Adverse Events?
  • Abstract Sudden cardiac death and heart failure are well known long-term complications after atrial switch for D-transposition of the great arteries (D-TGA). Right systemic ventricular dysfunction is common and myocardial ischemia has been implicated as a putative mechanism for sudden death, with coronary anomalies prevalent in 30% of cases. We sought to assess an association between adverse events and coronary anomalies in patients with D-TGA and atrial switch surgery. An observational study was conducted in 3 tertiary centers (Montreal Heart Institute, Canada, Nationwide Children’s hospital, Chicago, USA and Hopital cardiologique Louis Pradel de Lyon, France). Adults with D-TGA and atrial switch… More
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  • Late-Onset Pulmonary Hypertension After the Atrial Switch Procedure for Transposition of the Great Arteries
  • Abstract Background: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is one of the complications that can occur after the atrial switch procedure for transposition of the great arteries (TGA). This study aimed to assess the characteristics and prognosis of late-onset PH after the atrial switch procedure using catheterization data. Methods and Results: We retrospectively identified 40 patients with TGA after the atrial switch procedure that underwent catheterization between April 2007 and March 2020. Eligible patients were divided into two groups based on PH presence (PH group, n = 13 [33%]; non-PH group, n = 27 [67%]). Adverse events were defined as cardiac death and heart… More
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