Strength, Exercise Capacity and QoL in ACHD

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    Strength, Exercise Capacity and Quality of Life in Adult Congenital Heart Disease



  • Contact name

    Louise Coats

  • Contact email

  • Sponsor organisation

    Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Duration of Study in the UK

    1 years, 11 months, 31 days

  • Research summary

    Congenital heart disease affects over 1% of live births and with modern treatment the population of adults with repaired congenital heart disease (ACHD) is increasing. Almost all those with ACHD require ongoing surveillance for known complications such as problems with their valves, heart rhythm disturbance and heart failure. Cardiorespiratory fitness is reduced in ACHD compared to the healthy population and is known to be predict future survival and illness. It is not known what type of exercise may offer the greatest benefit to those with ACHD. In the general population strength has received much interest recently as a strong predictor of outcome. The purpose of this pilot study is to assess the feasibility of completing strength based assessment in the outpatient setting, alongside measurement of cardiorespiratory fitness and quality of life, to examine possible associations and to inform the design of a future study which could test an exercise intervention.

  • REC name

    West Midlands - South Birmingham Research Ethics Committee

  • REC reference


  • Date of REC Opinion

    21 Feb 2023

  • REC opinion

    Favourable Opinion