I am an adult with congenital heart disease. Should I receive follow-up care?
|Learn about the importance for ACHD follow-up care.|
Although most children undergoing surgical intervention will survive to adulthood, surgery is not a complete fix for the problem. The few exceptions include patent ductus arteriosus, ventricular septal defects and atrial septal defects, and only if they are closed early before irreversible cardiac or lung damage develops and no residual lesions exist. Most patients who underwent heart surgery as a child should see a heart doctor for life.
While many people may not experience any symptoms, early warning signs may include:
- Heart racing.
- Extra beats.
- Exercise intolerance or reduction in stamina.
- Easily exhausted, for example when walking up stairs.
Many other non-cardiac problems arise during adulthood that also require special attention. These include:
- Difficulties in obtaining health and life insurance.
- Birth control.
- Exercise restrictions.
- Learning disabilities.
These problems all can have a major impact on quality of life. The adult congenital heart disease physicians and surgeons are experienced and dedicated in helping deal address these problems.
To make an appointment or to refer a patient call (414) 266-6784.