Adequate and serial functional cardiovascular assessment is important in patients with congenital heart disease because many show disruption of normal myocardial geometry, which may or may not be accompanied with hemodynamic overload. We now know, that even after so-called “corrective surgery”, total cure is only seldomly achieved. The presence of residual cardiac abnormalities may lead to malignant myocardial remodeling, which eventually may result in heart failure.

cardiology, heart diseases
W.A. Helbing (Willem) , P.M.T. Pattynama (Peter)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

van den Berg, W.J.B.W. (2007, February 7). Functional cardiovascular assessment in congenital heart disease. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from