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Congenital heart disease means that you were born with one or more defects in the structure of your heart or related blood vessels. This can change blood flow through the heart and lead to complications, some of which may be life-threatening.
If you have a congenital heart defect or suspect you may have one, you likely have concerns about what this means. These conditions often require specialized treatment and management, so that you can get the highest quality of life.
In the past, congenital heart disease has largely been treated by pediatric cardiologists. However, in recent years, there has been a pronounced shift:
Henry Ford is a leader in this emerging specialty. At our Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic, we offer the most advanced, multidisciplinary care and personalized treatment available.
The first step to effective treatment of adult congenital heart conditions is to know which type or types you have. These defects fall into several categories:
In some cases, you may not experience any symptoms. When there are symptoms of adult congenital heart disease, they may include:
When left undiagnosed, some defects can cause life-threatening complications, including heart infections, stroke and heart failure.
Congenital heart disease may be diagnosed during a physical exam with a heart murmur, or your physician may order one or more diagnostic tests, including:
Depending on the specific type and severity of your congenital heart defect, your personalized treatment plan may include: