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Adult Congenital Heart Disease

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Lee Health Cardiology specialists are here to help you understand and treat your congenital heart disease. Lee Health is here to help you understand, manage and treat your congenital heart disease so you can live your best heart-healthy life.

  • Our expert cardiovascular team is the largest and most experienced in Southwest Florida. No matter where you are in your health care journey, our experts are alongside you every step of the way. Click here to learn more about Lee Health Cardiovascular Services.

What is congenital heart disease?

Adult congenital heart disease, also known as ACHD, is a term for conditions that affect your heart structure and function. “Congenital” means that the defect forms during fetal development and is present at birth. Congenital heart diseases can range in severity from mild to serious, with the corresponding symptoms also varying based on your unique condition. 

Thanks to continued advances in diagnosis and treatments the outcomes for people with ACHD have improved significantly. Patients with ACHD still require lifelong medical care to monitor your condition. At Lee Health, we have the expertise needed to help adults who were born with heart defects.

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What are the symptoms of congenital heart disease?

Many congenital heart defects are diagnosed before birth, soon after birth or during early childhood. Other congenital heart defects may not be diagnosed until adulthood. Some congenital heart defects are repaired by surgery during childhood, but require advanced surgery during adolescence or adulthood.

The symptoms of a congenital heart disorder may include an inability to tolerate exercise, shortness of breath, dizziness, or fainting. Severe symptoms of congenital heart disease may include purple skin color during exercise (cyanosis). 

What are common types of adult congenital heart disease?

  • Atrioventricular Canal Defect
  • Atrioventricular Septal defect
  • Double Inlet Left Ventricle
  • Double Outlet Right Ventricle
  • Pulmonary Atresia
  • Single Ventricle
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Tricuspid Atresia
  • VSD Ventricular Septal Defect
  • Anomalous Left Coronary Artery

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How is congenital heart disease treated and monitored?

Treatment for congenital heart defects depends upon the specific abnormalities in the heart walls, the heart valves, and the large blood vessels of the heart. Cardiac surgery repair can involve closing holes in the heart valve, implanting artificial heart valves and creating new conduits to direct the flow of blood from the heart.

Common treatments and procedures related to congenital heart disease include:

Having chest pain?

In a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or your local emergency number. If you are unable to do so, ask someone to call for you or to take you to the nearest emergency care facility. You may go to any hospital in your area for emergency care.

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