Congenital Heart Disease in Adults


Today, doctors are better able to diagnosis and treat infants with heart disease – before and after birth. As a result, there are many more adults living with congenital (occurring at birth) heart conditions than ever before.

While most adults with congenital heart disease now have better odds of living normal lives, making the transition from a child to an adult with congenital heart disease can be complicated. Most will need specialized heart care throughout their lives.

That’s where can Mercy help. We have an expansive network of expert heart specialists and the latest equipment and facilities to treat and manage the most difficult heart conditions that often include:

  • Congenital valve defects
  • Atrial and ventricular septal defects
  • Patent foramen ovale
  • Patent ductus arteriosus
  • Anomalous pulmonary veins
  • Coarctation of the aorta (CoA)
  • Pulmonary artery stenosis
  • Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
  • Transposition of the great arteries (TGA)
  • Pulmonary hypertension

Treatment is based on the severity of the heart disease. Some mild heart defects do not require any treatment. Others can be treated with medications, minimally invasive procedures or surgery. Most adults with congenital heart disease should be monitored by a congenital heart specialist and may need to take precautions to prevent infection or other heart-related problems.

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