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.

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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).

  • Fetal Bradyarrhythmias: Etiopathogenesis, Diagnosis and Treatment: Between Literature Review and Experience of a Tertiary Center
  • Abstract Fetal arrhythmias reach up around 10% of the total third-level perinatal cardiology references. Sustained bradycardia is defined as a baseline fetal heart rate (FHR) of less than 110 bpm sustained for at least 10 min. The overall incidence of malignant fetal bradyarrhythmias, such as complete atrioventricular block (AVB) and channellopathies, is relatively rare, 1:5000 pregnancies, but represents a serious emergency for the gynecologist, neonatologists, and pediatric cardiologists. Fetal complete AVB is strongly associated with maternal connective tissue disease, but it can be also associated with congenital heart disease and usually with a poorer prognosis with high risk of fetal hydrops… More
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  • Hypertension and Heart Failure as Predictors of Mortality in an Adult Congenital Heart Defect Population
  • Abstract Early intervention to prevent premature mortality is vital for adults with congenital heart defects (CHD). Anatomic complexity and comorbid conditions are thought to contribute to CHD mortality. Since hypertension (HTN) and heart failure (HF) are the comorbid conditions among the most prevalent causes of death in the United States, and commonly accompany CHD, it is crucial to evaluate whether they are reliable predictors of mortality for adults with CHD (ACHD) independent of anatomic CHD complexity. A retrospective cross-sectional analysis of ACHD, aged 18–64, with concomitant HTN and/or HF and at least one health care encounter during 2008–2010 were assessed. Of… More
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  • Systolic and Diastolic Strain Measurements Show Left Ventricular Dysfunction in Women with Turner Syndrome
  • Abstract Aim: This study aimed to describe the systolic left ventricular global longitudinal strain (LvGLS) and left ventricular peak early diastolic strain rate (Sre) in adult women with Turner syndrome (TS) and to determine its relationship with exercise capacity and clinical parameters. Methods: In this cross-sectional cohort study, consecutively included adult TS women underwent an electrocardiogram, transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) and cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET) on the same day. LvGLS and Sre were measured using 2D speckle tracking analysis (STE) and compared with age-matched healthy female controls. Results: Ninety-four adult women (age 36 ± 13 years) with TS and 32 healthy age-matched… More
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  • Isolation of the Left Subclavian Artery in D-Transposition of the Great Arteries with Right Aortic Arch
  • Abstract Abnormal branching of the aorta associated with the right aortic arch (RAA) has been reported as isolation of left subclavian artery (ILSA), isolation of left common carotid artery, isolation of brachiocephalic artery. ILSA is a rare aortic branch anomaly that originates in the left subclavian artery from the pulmonary artery via ductus arteriosus. Several reports have described ILSA associated with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and tetralogy of Fallot. Here, we present a very unusual case of RAA with ILSA associated with D-transposition of the great arteries and inferior vena cava interrupted with azygos continuation. More
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  • Plasma HGF and OPN as Potential Biomarkers of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Congenital Heart Disease
  • Abstract Objectives: Pulmonary arterial hypertension in congenital heart disease (PAH-CHD) is the most common type of PAH and increases morbidity and mortality in patients with CHD. Right heart catheterization (RHC) is the standard method to diagnose PAH. However, RHC is an invasive and complicated method with relatively high cost. Noninvasive, feasible, and cost-efficient methods are urgently needed. The objective of this study was to evaluate three potential biomarkers of PAH-CHD: Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), osteopontin (OPN), and suppression of tumorigenicity 2 (ST2). Methods: Plasma samples were collected from patients with CHD (n = 46) and healthy individuals (n = 22) and… More
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  • Natural History of Kawashima Palliation in Single-Ventricle and Interrupted Inferior Vena Cava Heart Disease in China 11 Years Result
  • Abstract Background: The long-term outcomes of patients treated with a Kawashima procedure and keeping the antegrade pulmonary blood flow (AnPBF) in single-ventricle (SV) and interrupted inferior vena cava (IVC) heart disease is still uncertain as yet. Methods: We investigated 18 patients who underwent the Kawashima procedure with SV physiology and an interrupted IVC between January 2009 and June 2018, perioperative, operative and postoperative characteristics were recorded. Results: A total of 18 patients underwent the Kawashima procedure at a median age of 2.7 years (range 0.5–24.7 years), of which 12 (66.7%) were male and 6 (33.3%) were female. The mean saturation was… More
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  • An Unusual Cause of Irritability in a Single Ventricle Patient after Bidirectional Glenn Shunt
  • Abstract The differential diagnosis for irritability in children is broad. In patients with congenital heart disease, one must strongly consider cardiac etiologies such as low cardiac output or elevated central venous pressure (CVP). In patients with single-ventricle physiology, the second stage of palliation includes bidirectional Glenn, which involves anastomosis of the superior vena cava to the pulmonary artery resulting in volume offloading of the single systemic ventricle. Typically, early in the post-operative period, patients may experience a headache due to the acute increase in CVP, and symptoms improve over time. Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), also known as pseudotumor cerebri, is a… More
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  • High Prevalence of Genetic Alterations in Infantile-Onset Cardiomyopathy
  • Abstract Background and Method: The genetic cause of infantile-onset cardiomyopathy is rarely investigated. Here, we conducted whole exome sequencing (WES) and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequencing in eight patients with infantile-onset cardiomyopathy to identify genetic variations. Result: Among these patients, two (25%) had dilated cardiomyopathy (DCMP), two (25%) had left ventricular non-compaction (LVNC), and four (50%) had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCMP). Except four patients identified prenatally, the remaining patients presented at a median age of 85.5 days. WES identified genetic variants in a total of seven (87.5%) patients and mtDNA sequencing in the other case. TPM1 and MYH7 variants were identified in the… More
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  • Scimitar Syndrome: Role of Right Atrial Longitudinal Strain. A Case Report
  • Abstract We describe a case of a rare congenital heart disorder, scimitar syndrome, diagnosed in an adult woman presenting with dyspnea on exertion, chest pain and recurrent episodes of pulmonary infections. The hallmark of the syndrome is the presence of an enlarged anomalous pulmonary vein draining into the inferior vena cava. Speckle tracking echocardiography, including the often-forgotten atrial strain evaluation, is a sensitive parameter that should be routinely used for a better clinical and prognostic evaluation of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD). More
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