Adult congenital heart disease

Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) is a growing public health concern worldwide. Millions of people are living with ACHD as more children with congenital heart disease reach adulthood. ACHD encompasses a wide range of structural and functional heart abnormalities, including blood vessel (e.g. aortic coarctation, aortic and pulmonary artery stenosis, patent ductus arteriosus, transposition of the great arteries and anomalous pulmonary venous return), heart valve (e.g. bicuspid aortic valve disease, Ebstein’s anomaly and mitral valve prolapse) and septal defects (e.g. atrial septal defect, patent foramen ovale and ventricular septal defect), that develop before birth but are not diagnosed until adulthood. In support of SDG 3, BMC Cardiovascular Disorders is launching a new Collection on Adult Congenital Heart Disease to bring together basic and clinical research to develop our understanding of ACHD and improve the care and outcomes for patients living with this condition. We welcome submissions on topics such as: • Advances in diagnosis and imaging • Long-term outcomes and quality of life • Management of arrhythmias and heart failure • Innovative treatments and surgical techniques Living with ACHD can present significant challenges for patients, including the need for lifelong monitoring, multiple surgeries, and a higher risk of heart failure as well as other cardiovascular complications. We hope this Collection can serve as a platform for researchers to showcase the latest advances in the epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of ACHD.


  • Niraj Nirmal Pandey

    Dr. Niraj Nirmal Pandey is a physician researcher in the field of cardiovascular and interventional radiology and currently works as Assistant Professor of Cardiac Radiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. His work focuses on imaging in congenital heart diseases and coronary heart disease as well as on novel intra-arterial embolization/recanalization therapies. He has over 225 publications and currently works on the utilization of virtual dissection techniques in clarifying the anatomy of the malformed heart.

  • Elaheh Malakan Rad

    Dr. Elaheh Malakan Rad, MD, FACC, is a Senior Professor of Pediatric Interventional Cardiology at Children's Medical Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences. She is a Senior Editorial Board Member of BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, a member of the Iranian National Board of Examiners of Pediatric Cardiology and Medical Education, and a GBD collaborator. She has over 25 years of academic experience, over 80 published papers in peer-reviewed journals, and holds two joint provisional patents in the US Patent Office for transcatheter devices in congenital heart disease interventions.

  • Christoph Sinning

    Christoph Sinning is senior physician at the Department of Cardiology at the University Heart & Vascular Center Hamburg, Germany. His main areas of work are cardiovascular imaging with a focus on echocardiography, treatment of adults with congenital heart disease, and cardiac devices like pacemakers and ICDs. His current scientific work is focusing on the use of echocardiography in detecting the outcome of patients undergoing EP procedures and improving detection of candidates for cardiac resynchronization therapy. Another area of focus for his scientific work is the outcome of advanced heart failure in adults with congenital heart disease.

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