Congenital heart disease is survivable, manageable, yet in the routine years between infancy and adulthood, sometimes forgettable. The Adult Congenital Heart Association is a resource, advocate and knowledge base for everyone affected. Adult Congenital Heart Disease & Pulmonary Hypertension Some patients with congenital heart disease will develop pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs) that can lead to other health problems and can affect how your heart works.
Adult Congenital Heart Disease Congenital heart defects occur during fetal development in the womb. For the heart to develop properly, a series of genetically and environmentally determined steps have to take place in a time-dependent manner during this critical period. Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center Referral Requirements. The ACHD Center at UPMC Children’s Hospital requires referrals from primary care doctors or other Children’s Hospital specialists. People enrolled in managed care insurance plans also may need approval from their insurance provider and doctor.
Adult Congenital Yale Adult Congenital Heart Program In , the Yale Adult Congenital Heart Program was initiated as the first integrated program in the State of Connecticut dedicated to the care of adult patients with congenital heart disease. Adult congenital heart disease patients will complete an initial patient evaluation that includes: Investigation of the original heart defect through review of old medical records, including past procedures and surgeries Thorough medical examination of the patient to identify and diagnose continuing or new cardiac problems.