Adult congenital heart disease

Adult CHD includes a number of conditions present at birth affecting the structure of the heart.

Dysfunction of the right ventricle, one of the chambers of the heart, is a common condition in many people who develop complex CHD and may cause serious health problems and increased mortality.

The Adult CHD team is led by Professor Michael Gatzoulis and includes cardiologists, senior academics, research nurses and other research staff.

Research areas

  • new genes linked to CHD - leading to improved understanding of congenital disease and new diagnostic tests
  • biomarkers and fibrosis -  helping predict outcomes of primary or redo heart surgery for CHD and long-term prognosis for CHD patients 
  • new right ventricle (RV) assist devices – treatment strategies for acute RV failure
  • valve replacement procedures – comparing patient outcomes between surgical and percutaneous procedures (via transcatheter tube)
  • advanced diagnosis and treatment therapies for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)– improving patient outcomes in Eisenmenger syndrome and in patients with PAH and underlying lung disease.