Quality of life and perceived health status in surviving adults with univentricular heart

Z. Saliba, G. Butera, D. Bonnet, P. Bonhoeffer, E. Villain, J. Kachaner, D. Sidi, L. Iserin

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Objective - To evaluate the quality of life in patients with univentricular heart and to determine the impact of sociodemographic and clinical characteristics. Design and setting - Retrospective, cross sectional study conducted in a regional paediatric cardiology centre. Patients - The health records of 89 survivors with univentricular heart (median age 21 years; range 17-49 years) were reviewed. Sixty seven answered the Duke questionnaire. Sociodemographic and clinical variables were similar in the responders and non-responders. The impact of sociodemographic and clinical variables on individual Duke's measures was assessed. Results - The Duke scores of adults with univentricular heart were similar to the normal population. Cyanosis predicted a worse score for physical (p = 0.05) and perceived health measures (p = 0.02). A higher educational level predicted a better score for physical (p = 0.004), mental (p = 0.01), and general health measures (p = 0.02). Orthopaedic problems worsened the social score (p = 0.05). Psychosocial problems worsened the pain score (p = 0.04). In comparison with the other anatomical types, mitral atresia worsened the perceived health score (p = 0.02). Patients younger than 23 years scored better for almost all health and dysfunction measures. Conclusions - Despite repeated interventions and other disease related everyday stresses, a selected group of adults with univentricular heart had a satisfying quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-73
Number of pages5
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Congenital heart defect
  • Psychosocial problems
  • Quality of life
  • Univentricular heart

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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