Treating congenital heart defects in adults is to understand the continuum of the disease from its infancy. The Adult Congenital Heart Association brings together valuable research, training opportunities and standards of care to help you help your patients and further . Congenital heart disease is a type of defect in one or more structures of the heart or blood vessels that occur before birth. The heart structures, or vessels, do not form as they should during pregnancy, while the fetus is developing in the uterus.
The staff in the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic at Mayo Clinic has experience and expertise in evaluating and treating adults with congenital heart disease. Each year, Mayo doctors evaluate and treat more than 9,900 adults and children with congenital heart disease. Many adults with congenital heart disease do not get the ongoing care and monitoring they need. Choosing the right doctor and ACHD program to manage your adult congenital heart disease is crucial. Search the Directory to find an ACHD clinic. Anyone who has a CHD should be seen in a specialized ACHD clinic at least once.
Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect in the U.S., but due to major advances in medical and surgical care, more than 90% of these patients are surviving into adulthood. Congenital heart conditions are different for adults than in children. That is why Penn Medicine joined forces with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to create the Philadelphia Adult Congenital Heart Center, specializing in patients with cardiac problems and acquired heart disease.