Treating congenital heart defects in adults is to understand the continuum of the disease from its infancy. The Adult Congenital Heart Association brings together valuable research, training opportunities and standards of care to help you help your patients and further . 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.
Many adults with congenital heart disease do not get the ongoing care and monitoring they need. Choosing the right doctor and ACHD program to manage your adult congenital heart disease is crucial. Search the Directory to find an ACHD clinic. Anyone who has a CHD should be seen in a specialized ACHD clinic at least once.