Saint Luke’s Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program provides comprehensive care and a multidisciplinary approach to optimize long-term health for patients with heart defects.
Heart defects are the most common form of birth defect, and serious congenital heart defects are typically found in infancy. Unfortunately, adults often believe they no longer need a specialist’s care after a surgical repair and stop seeing a cardiologist all together. This perception potentially places these individuals into a high-risk category that could result in long-term compromised health.
For other patients, minor heart defects may not be discovered for many months or years after infancy. In fact, 10 percent of congenital heart defects are not diagnosed until adulthood.
Today there are more adults than children in the United States with congenital heart disease, and the number of adults with congenital heart disease is growing by 10 percent each year.
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The American College of Cardiology recommends that adults with congenital heart disease be seen regularly by experts at a highly specialized adult congenital heart disease center. You will not only improve your quality of life and minimize any disruption in your care, you will also help researchers develop best practices for other patients living with these clinically challenging heart conditions.