CHDs in Adulthood
Congenital heart disease has its onset during the formation of the heart and is thus present at birth, yet due to the increasing success of therapy a growing number of CHD patients now survive to adulthood. It is estimated that since the year 2000 adults with CHD now outnumber children. These patients have cardiac issues that are not commonly seen or managed by adult cardiologists, and encounter issues such as pregnancy or health problems associated with aging that are not commonly seen or managed by pediatric cardiologists. The specialty of Adult Congenital Cardiology has recently been formally recognized and seeks to consolidate the needed medical expertise to provide expert care for these patients.
Click below to learn more about where to find an adult congenital cardiologist near you, how to transition care from pediatric cardiology, and links to other useful CHD resources and websites.