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).

  • Use of the GORE® DrySeal Flex Introducer Sheath to Facilitate Implantation of the Transcatheter Venus P-valve
  • Abstract Objectives: We report our experience of using the 65 cm large diameter GORE® DrySeal Flex Introducer sheath to facilitate transcatheter implantation of the Venus P-valve in the pulmonary position. Background: Transcatheter implantation of pulmonary valves can be difficult due to rigidity of the valve delivery system or the anatomy of the RVOT and pulmonary artery bifurcation and the risk of iatrogenic damage to the tricuspid valve support apparatus. Using long sheaths to pass and protect the tricuspid valve may facilitate the procedure. Methods: Multi-centre registry of patients who underwent transcatheter pulmonary valve implantation of the Venus P-valve using the GORE®… More
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  • Management of “Wall to Wall Heart” in a Transient Neonatal Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Abstract We present a case of a one-day-old newborn, without prenatal diagnosis, referred to our cardiologic intensive care unit in critical condition presenting sub-cyanosis and peripheral oxygen saturation of 80%. Echocardiography diagnosis was tricuspid valve dysplasia with severe regurgitation, functional pulmonary valve atresia with intact ventricular septum and reversal flow in the large patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). Chest X-ray showed severe cardiomegaly and wall to wall heart. Prostaglandin E1 infusion was started once after birth. After few days, clinical conditions progressively worsened because of right heart failure; a first pharmacological approach to close PDA failed and surgery ligation of PDA was… More
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  • Changes in Reverse Cardiac Remodeling after Percutaneous Atrial Septal Defect Closure in Children and Adults
  • Abstract Background: The influence of the timing of transcatheter atrial septal defect (ASD) closure on ventricular remodeling at 6 months after ASD closure is unclear. This study investigated changes in cardiac remodeling after transcatheter closure of large ASDs according to patient age at the time of the procedure. Methods: In this study, 41 children and 43 adults underwent percutaneous closure of a large ASD. Cardiac remodeling was assessed by two-dimensional echocardiography and electrocardiography before and at 6 months after ASD closure. Results: The age of the children and adults were 2.8 ± 3.1 and 50.0 ± 15.6 years, respectively. The Qp/Qs… More
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  • The Prognostic Value of Myocardial Deformation in Patients with Congenital Aortic Stenosis
  • Abstract Aims: To assess the prognostic value of left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain (GLS) and global longitudinal early diastolic strain rate (GLSre) with regard to cardiovascular events, as congenital aortic stenosis (AoS) is associated with significant mortality and morbidity but predictors for clinical outcome are scarce. Strain analysis provides a robust and reproducible method for early detection of LV dysfunction, which might be of prognostic value. Methods: This prospective study, included clinically stable patients with congenital AoS between 2011–2013. LV GLS and GLSre was performed in the apical 4, 3 and 2-chamber views using Tomtec software. The endpoint was a… More
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  • Selexipag as Add-on Therapy for Patients with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Associated with Congenital Heart Disease: A Single-Center Retrospective Study
  • Abstract Purpose: This study examined the efficacy and safety of selexipag in treating pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) associated with congenital heart disease (CHD). Materials and Methods: We conducted a retrospective study of patients with CHD-associated PAH, treated with selexipag since December 2017. Thirteen adult patients (mean age, 45.4 years; women, 77%) were treated with selexipag as add-on therapy. Baseline characteristics, World Health Organization functional class, 6-minute walking distance (6MWD) test results, N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide levels, echocardiographic data, and incidence of side effects were assessed. Results: The majority of patients (12/13, 92.3%) experienced more than one treatment-associated complication; one patient dropped… More
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  • A Systematic Approach to Pulmonary Valve Replacement in the Current Era
  • Abstract Background: Pulmonary valve replacement (PVR) can be accomplished via surgical, transcatheter, or hybrid approaches. There are inherent advantages to transcatheter PVR and hybrid PVR without cardiopulmonary bypass. We review the methods and results of a standardized institutional approach to PVR. Methods: Retrospective review of all PVR cases between February 2017 and February 2020. Hybrid PVR entailed off-pump RVOT plication with percutaneous transcatheter PVR. Results: Primary transcatheter PVR was attempted in 37, hybrid PVR was performed in 11, and on-pump surgical PVR was performed in 9. Median age at PVR was 27 years (6–65). Primary transcatheter PVR was successful in 35/37… More
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  • Lesion-based Patterns of Morbidity and Mortality in Hospitalized Adolescents with Congenital Heart Disease
  • Abstract Objective: The objective of this analysis is to describe the characteristics and morbidity during hospitalizations among adolescents with congenital heart disease (AdoCHD) from the Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS) database. Methods: The PHIS database was queried for all AdoCHD admissions aged 12–18 years (1/1/2004–12/31/2013). Major forms of CHD were identified by their International Classification of Diseases, ninth revision codes, further verified based on their secondary diagnosis and/or procedure codes. Patient characteristics, diagnoses, procedures and vital status were assessed. Results: In total, there were 4,267 adolescents admitted to 42 Children’s Hospitals, 58.3% were males, 24.6% single ventricle (SV) patients, 64.1% bi-ventricle… More
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