Congenital Heart Disease

About the Journal

Congenital Heart Disease: Clinical Studies from Fetus to Adulthood is an Open Access Peer-review journal. It is the only clinical journal 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); MEDLINE/PubMed (NLM); Embase (Elsevier); EBSCO Publishing; ProQuest, 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).

  • Minimally Invasive Congenital Cardiac Surgery: A Large Volume European Experience
  • Abstract Background: In an effort to reduce postoperative trauma and achieve more cosmetic results, minimally invasive approaches to correct congenital heart anomalies have been recently proposed and increasingly adopted. Here we describe our experience for the past 23 years. Methods: Patients who underwent a surgical procedure between February 1996 and March 2019 with a minimally invasive approach for the correction of congenital heart disease in our center were included in this study. A statistical analysis was carried out to compare the results of the different minimally invasive techniques. A meta-analysis was conducted to compare our results in patients undergoing atrial septal… More
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  • Managing the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Patient in the COVID-19 Pandemic—A New York Perspective
  • Abstract Adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD) are likely at increased risk for complications of COVID-19. ACHD centers should prepare to deliver routine cardiac care and support for patients with COVID-19 safely at home, as the number of COVID-19 infections worldwide continues to increase. This brief report aims to share the strategies we have used in our ACHD program to manage and treat our patients during this global health crisis at one of the initial epicenters of the pandemic in New York City, and offer suggestions for preparation for ACHD clinicians. More
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  • Successful Percutaneous Closure of Atrial Septal Defect via Transjugular Approach with the Cocoon Septal Occluder
  • Abstract The percutaneous closure of ostium secundum atrial septal defects (ASD) is a well-established procedure. Currently available devices and delivery systems are designed to be used via the femoral venous route. However, an alternative approach needs to be considered in cases of congenital or acquired caval obstruction. We describe a successful transjugular closure of a moderate sized secundum ASD with the Cocoon Septal Occluder in a 37-year-old symptomatic woman with inferior vena cava (IVC) thrombosis, using a novel deployment technique to overcome difficulties, namely maintaining stable sheath position in the left atrium. Percutaneous closure of secundum ASDs via the transjugular approach… More
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  • Long Term Follow-Up of Ebstein’s Anomaly—What to Expect in Adult Life?
  • Abstract Introduction: Due to the low prevalence and wide variation of severity of Ebstein’s Anomaly (EA), long-term follow-up data are scarce. The aim was to evaluate the long-term outcome of an adult population with EA. Methods: Retrospective analysis of EA adults followed in the past 42 years in a tertiary congenital heart disease outpatient clinic. Predictors of complications and mortality were assessed. Results: We studied 53 patients: 53% females, mean age 46 ± 19 years, 36% cyanotic, 55% diagnosed at adult age. Tricuspid regurgitation was moderate or severe in 33% and 46%, respectively, and during follow-up (mean 12 ± 10… More
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  • Jan Misugi in Captain Tsubasa as an Educational Example for Children with Congenital Heart Disease
  • Abstract Introduction: Visual narratives such as manga, comics and cartoons can play an important role in educating readers on various aspects of life including medicine and disabilities. Methods: We reviewed the animated series entitled “Captain Tsubasa”, focusing our analysis on the episodes which introduced the character Jun Misugi, a football player suffering from an unspecified congenital heart disease (CHD). Discussion: For a child with a CHD, the practice of sports could be risky but also an opportunity to improve heart function and reach personal fulfillment. CHD have an important impact on children’s quality of life, and sports participation has beneficial effects… More
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  • Italian Validation of the Healthcare Needs Scale for Youth with Congenital Heart Disease and Its Short-Form Development
  • Abstract Aims: This study aimed at providing an Italian short version of the ‘healthcare needs scale for youth with congenital heart disease’ (I-HNS-CHD-s), describing its construct validity and reliability. Methods: A multi-method and multi-phase design were adopted. Phase one referred to the cultural-linguistic validation of the original scale into Italian. Phase two tasted content and face validity of the Italian-translated scale. Phase three included the psychometric validation process of scale, encompassed two different steps: first cross-sectional data collection (sample A) purposed at determining the psychometric characteristics of the I-HNS-CHD-s, using an exploratory factor analysis (EFA). Then, a second round of cross-sectional… More
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