Clark’s classification of congenital heart disease
September 30, 2013 by dr s venkatesan
Congenital heart disease (CHD) still constitute an significant subset in cardiology practice.The moment you ask how do you classify CHD to any cardiologist , the answer would come promptly as “cyanotic and acyanotic CHD “. Such is the power traditional clinical teaching . There is a fundamental embryological and functional classification available put forth by Clark.It lifts our understanding about congenital heart disease to a different perspective. I wish,every cardiology fellow should know this. Link to embryological classification of congenital heart disease . A subset for cono-truncal anomalies is also available. Reference Clark EB. Mechanisms in the pathogenesis of congenital heart defects. In: Pierpont ME, Moller J, editors. The Genetics of Cardiovascular Disease. Boston, MA: Martinus-Nijoff; 1986. pp. 3–11.