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Open Access Heart Transplantation for Adult Congenital Heart Disease: Overview and Special Considerations

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With improvements in their surgical and medical management, the number of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) reaching adulthood has increased over the last decade. As the population of adult CHD patients continues to rise, an increasing number of these patients will require evaluation for heart transplantation. It is important to recognize advanced heart failure and other associated complications early in this cohort of complex patients for early referral to an adult CHD specialist. As these patients present with unique challenges because of their multiple comorbidities and complex anatomy, there needs to be a careful selection process for transplantation to optimize the utilization of donor organs.
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Keywords: adult congenital heart disease; congenital heart disease; heart failure; heart transplantation

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2018

This article was made available online on April 17, 2018 as a Fast Track article with title: "Heart Transplantation for Adult Congenital Heart Disease: Overview and Special Considerations".

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  • Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (CVIA) publishes focused articles and original clinical research that explore novel developments in cardiovascular disease, effective control and rehabilitation in cardiovascular disease, and promote cardiovascular innovations and applications for the betterment of public health globally. The journal publishes basic research that has clinical applicability in order to promote timely communication of the latest insights relating to coronary artery disease, heart failure, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia, prevention of cardiovascular disease with a heavy emphasis on risk factor modification. Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications is the official journal of the Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology (GW-ICC). It aims to continue the work of the GW-ICC by providing a global scientific communication platform for cardiologists that bridges East and West.

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