Adult Congenital Heart Disease
A new subspecialty within cardiology is emerging, as the number of adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) is now greater than the number of babies born with CHD. This improved survival is a result of advances in diagnostic procedures and treatment interventions.
In order to achieve and maintain the highest possible level of wellness, it is imperative that individuals born with CHD who have reached adulthood transition to the appropriate type of cardiac care. The type of care required is based on the type of CHD a person has. Those with simple CHD can generally be cared for by a community adult cardiologist. Those with more complex types of CHD will need to be cared for at a center that specializes in adult CHD.
For adults with Congenital Heart Disease, guidance is necessary for planning key life issues, such as college, career, employment, insurance, activity, lifestyle, inheritance, family planning, pregnancy, chronic care, disability and end of life. Knowledge about specific congenital heart conditions expectations for long-term outcomes and potential complications and risks must be reviewed as part of the successful transition from pediatric care to adult care. Parents should help pass on the responsibility for this knowledge and accountability for ongoing care to their young adult children. This will help ensure the transition to adult specialty care and will optimize the health status of the young adult with CHD.Previous Page Last Review Date: March 19, 2018