People with CHD are living longer, offering new challenges for care
Thanks to advances in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart disease (CHD) in children, 90 percent of these patients now live to adulthood. With appropriate cardiac care, adults with CHD can live longer, fuller lives. That’s why we created the Gundersen Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Clinic.
ACHD Clinic delivers individualized care
The Clinic addresses the individual needs of patients with mild to complex cases of CHD. For example, survivors of pediatric heart surgery and those with complex defects are at increased risk for additional heart conditions including arrhythmia, heart failure, endocarditis and stroke. As they age, adults with CHD may require additional heart surgery or other treatments from experts in the field.
The ACHD Clinic providers work together as a team and they may also call on other specialists such as cardiac surgeons, geneticists, care coordinators, radiologists, social workers, nutritionists and others as needed to provide care for your patients.
This multi-faceted clinic provides a range of services for patients. For example the team will:
- Transition patients from pediatric to adult care
- Evaluate patients for genetic/congenital heart disease
- Evaluate heart murmurs and arrhythmias in those with suspected CHD
- Review tests results and offer recommendations
- Perform diagnostic tests including echocardiography, cardiac MRI, Holter monitoring, diagnostic cardiac catheterization, fetal echo, cardiac CT and exercise testing
- Perform interventional procedures such as closure of atrial septal defect (ASD), patent foramen ovale (PFO) and patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
- Coordinate care with primary care physician to assist in management of CHD during pregnancy
- Offer genetic counseling
- Manage additional cardiac risk factors that may be seen in patients with CHD
- Evaluate and manage hereditary, infiltrative and hypertrophic cardiomyopathies
- Provide post-operative follow-up