Psychosocial Functioning and Quality of Life in Adults with Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Failure

Adrienne H. Kovacs, Philip Moons

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Complex congenital heart disease (CHD) is a chronic medical condition to which patients are expected to adapt throughout their lives. Many patients are at risk of developing heart failure in adulthood and their comprehensive care requires an interdisciplinary approach. North American studies indicate that adults with CHD are at increased risk of psychosocial difficulties. Research suggests that adults with heart failure caused by acquired heart disease are also likely to experience impaired psychosocial functioning and quality of life (QOL). Thus, adults with CHD who develop heart failure are a particularly vulnerable group with regard to psychosocial functioning and QOL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-42
Number of pages8
JournalHeart Failure Clinics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014



  • Adult
  • Congenital
  • Heart defects
  • Heart failure
  • Psychosocial
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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