Recent advances in adult congenital heart disease

Circ J. 2011;75(10):2287-95. doi: 10.1253/circj.cj-11-0601. Epub 2011 Sep 1.


As a result of major achievements in pediatric cardiac care, a growing number of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) are flourishing well into adulthood. This heterogeneous and aging population of patients, many of whom represent the first generation of middle-age survivors, faces unique issues and challenges. As a field, adult CHD has evolved markedly during the past decade on several fronts, including imaging, arrhythmia management, percutaneous interventions, surgical techniques, research, and multidisciplinary care that extends beyond the cardiac realm. This review highlights recent advances across the wide spectrum of key issues encountered by adults with CHD.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Diagnostic Techniques and Procedures / trends
  • Heart Defects, Congenital* / diagnosis
  • Heart Defects, Congenital* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Therapeutics / trends