Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic
With appropriate cardiac care, adults with congenital heart defects (CHD) can live longer, fuller lives. That's why we created the Gundersen Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Clinic.
Survivors of pediatric heart surgery and those with complex defects are at increased risk for additional heart conditions. To address these needs, our ACHD Clinic provides evaluation and follow-up care of CHD or related heart conditions as you reached adulthood.
The Clinic staff works with patients who:
- Have a newly discovered congenital heart defect
- Need to have a childhood repair revised
- Developed new lesions and complications from pregnancy or other medical issue
- Now have adult-related heart problems such as complex arrhythmias, chronic heart failure or endocarditis
- May require additional heart surgery or other treatments
The ACHD Clinic providers work together and may also call on other specialists such as cardiac surgeons, geneticists, care coordinators, radiologists, social workers, nutritionists and others as needed to care for you. This multi-faceted clinic provides a range of services such as:
- Transition from pediatric to adult care
- Evaluation for genetic/congenital heart disease; offer genetic counseling
- Evaluation of heart murmurs and arrhythmias
- Diagnostic testing, review of tests results and providing recommendations
- Coordination of care with primary care physician to manage CHD during pregnancy
- Management of additional cardiac risk factors
- Interventional procedures such as closure of atrial septal defect (ASD), patent foramen ovale (PFO) and patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
- Post-operative follow-up
- Thorough clinical evaluations before anticipated non-cardiac surgeries
You may have mild symptoms or no symptoms, but you should still receive regular follow-up care with a cardiologist who is experienced in CHD. That's because, even if your heart defect has been successfully treated, you are at greater risk for additional cardiovascular problems as an adult including arrhythmia, heart failure and stroke.