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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. Congenital heart defects may be diagnosed before birth, right after birth, during childhood or not until adulthood.
Adult congenital heart disease ACHD is a rapidly growing subspecialty that deals with adults who were born with congenital heart disease CHD. Congenital heart conditions are the most common birth defects, affecting nearly 1 percent of all babies born. With dramatic success in pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery, we now estimate that more than percent of these babies survive into adulthood. Because of their improved survival, we now have more adults with congenital heart disease than children.
At the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center, our multidisciplinary team offers a full spectrum of specialized care for adults with congenital heart disease. To learn more about our adult congenital heart disease program, please contact us at Meet the Adult Congenital Heart Team.
Congenital heart disease also called congenital heart defects occurs when there is a problem with the heart that is present at birth. There are at least 35 known types of heart defects. They range from relatively minor issues to complex, life-threatening problems.
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A congenital heart defect CHDalso known as a congenital heart anomaly and congenital heart diseaseis a defect in the structure of the heart or great vessels that is present at birth. The cause of a congenital heart defect is often unknown. Congenital heart defects are partly preventable through rubella vaccinationthe adding of iodine to salt, and the adding of folic acid to certain food products. Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect.
Advances in surgery and medication mean that more and more children born with heart defects are surviving. In addition, minor congenital heart defects that don't cause symptoms may not be diagnosed until a person is an adult or reaches middle age. It is estimated that 20, people with congenital heart disease reach adulthood every year in the United States.
Congenital heart defects are problems with the heart that are present at birth. Most of the time congenital heart defects are found and treated during childhood. For adults, the congenital heart problem is always there although it can often be made much better as a result of surgery or treatment with a catheter-based therapy.