Congenital heart disease in aircrew

Heart. 2019 Jan;105(Suppl 1):s64-s69. doi: 10.1136/heartjnl-2018-313059.


This article focuses i on the broad aviation medicine considerations that are required to optimally manage aircrew ii with suspected or confirmed congenital heart disease (both pilots and non-pilot aviation professionals). It presents expert consensus opinion and associated recommendations and is part of a series of expert consensus documents covering all aspects of aviation cardiology. This expert opinion was born out of a 3 year collaborative working group between international military aviation cardiologists and aviation medicine specialists, as part of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) led initiative to address the occupational ramifications of cardiovascular disease in aircrew (HFM-251) many of whom also work with and advise civil aviation authorities.

Keywords: congenital heart disease; health care delivery.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Aerospace Medicine / methods*
  • Cardiology / methods*
  • Consensus*
  • Disease Management*
  • Heart Defects, Congenital / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Military Personnel*