Proceedings From the 2019 Stanford Single Ventricle Scientific Summit: Advancing Science for Single Ventricle Patients: From Discovery to Clinical Applications

J Am Heart Assoc. 2020 Apr 7;9(7):e015871. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.119.015871. Epub 2020 Mar 19.


Abstracts Because of remarkable advances in survival over the past 40 years, the worldwide population of individuals with single ventricle heart disease living with Fontan circulation has grown to ≈70 000, with nearly half aged >18 years. Survival to at least 30 years of age is now achievable for 75% of Fontan patients. On the other hand, single ventricle patients account for the largest group of the 6000 to 8000 children hospitalized with circulation failure, with or without heart failure annually in the United States, with the highest in-hospital mortality. Because there is little understanding of the underlying mechanisms of heart failure, arrhythmias, pulmonary and lymphatic vascular abnormalities, and other morbidities, there are no specific treatments to maintain long-term myocardial performance or to optimize overall patient outcomes.

Keywords: atrial tachycardia; congenital cardiac defect; pulmonary vascular changes; single ventricle; stroke in children.

Publication types

  • Congress
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research*
  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures* / adverse effects
  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures* / mortality
  • Cardiology*
  • Humans
  • Postoperative Complications / mortality
  • Risk Factors
  • Survivors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Univentricular Heart / complications
  • Univentricular Heart / mortality
  • Univentricular Heart / physiopathology
  • Univentricular Heart / surgery*