Congenital Heart Disease
Saint Luke’s Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program provides comprehensive care and a multidisciplinary approach to optimize long-term health for patients with heart defects.
Heart defects are the most common form of birth defect, and serious congenital heart defects are typically found in infancy.
Adults often believe they no longer need a specialist’s care after a surgical repair and stop seeing a cardiologist altogether. This inaction can place individuals into a high-risk category that could result in long-term compromised health.
For other patients, minor heart defects may not be discovered for many months or years after infancy. Ten percent of congenital heart defects are not diagnosed until adulthood, and that number grows by 10 percent each year. Today, there are more adults than children in the U.S. with congenital heart disease.
The American College of Cardiology recommends that adults with congenital heart disease be seen regularly by experts at a highly specialized adult congenital heart disease center. You’ll improve your quality of life with minimal disruption in care while helping researchers develop best practices for others living with clinically challenging heart conditions.
Call 816-932-5784 to schedule an appointment.