Thanks to incredible advances in CHD care, more and more children with congenital heart defects are thriving into adulthood. In fact, more than 1 million U. But some adults treated for congenital heart disease as children may be in the dark on a few important aspects of living as an adult with CHD, says Timothy Cotts, M. Many people who underwent heart surgery as children to repair or address congenital heart defects assume they are no longer an issue. Adults with CHD can experience a number of health issues, such as abnormal heart rhythms, increased risk of stroke, premature cardiovascular disease and increased rate of hospitalization compared with other adults. Some people also outgrow or wear out valves, requiring replacements.
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If you or one of your loved ones is a UCSF congenital heart disease patient, get answers here to important questions about coronavirus COVID and how to minimize your risk of infection. COVID is a newly recognized disease caused by a novel coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The viral infection primarily causes severe respiratory illness, and can be spread from person to person. Information gathered thus far suggests that older adults and those with underlying cardiovascular or pulmonary disease may be susceptible to more severe COVID disease when they become infected. This is particularly true for patients with uncontrolled or suboptimally controlled congestive heart failure, hypertension, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD and pulmonary hypertension.
In the United States, there are now more people over the age of 20 with congenital heart disease CHD than under that age. Survival to adulthood is better because of improved fetal diagnoses, advances in neonatal intensive care, improved surgical techniques, early complete surgical repair, lower perioperative mortality, and increased midterm and late survival. The most common defects seen in adult patients are atrial septal defects, aortic stenosis, coarctation of the aorta, pulmonary stenosis, Ebstein anomaly, tetralogy of Fallot, and corrected transposition.