Congenital heart disease results when heart development before birth is abnormal and causes problems with a heart's structure and function.
Thanks to medical and surgical advances in pediatric cardiology over the past 20 years, 85 percent of children with congenital heart disease reach adulthood. There are now more adults with congenital heart disease than children with congenital heart disease in the Unites States, and the adult congenital heart disease population will only continue to increase.
Although most are leading full and productive lives, some adults with congenital heart disease have unique medical challenges.
Duke is one of the major centers in the U.S. with a service dedicated to evaluating and managing adults with congenital heart disease, a complex, growing population that comprises some one million Americans.
A dedicated clinic and group of adult congenital cardiovascular specialists address the unique problems these patients may experience.
The specialists offer:
This program may also provide a vital link for older adolescents with congenital heart disease as they transition from pediatric heart care.
The adult congenital heart disease service is part of the Duke Division of Cardiology, the Duke Division of Pediatric Cardiology, and the Duke Heart Center.
Call 888-ASK-DUKE (888-275-3853) to schedule an appointment with a Duke heart specialist near you.