Congenital Heart Disease in Adults
We Can Fix That Hole in Your Heart
Treating Congenital Heart Disease at Allegheny Health Network
Congenital Heart Disease is a condition that starts at the beginning of life. In some cases before birth a patient may develop a hole between the heart’s upper two chambers. And in some of these cases, doctors are able to find these problems during pregnancy. If this isn’t the case, it’s possible that the hole may close on its own during childhood.
However, for the rest of patients if the hole doesn’t close, it can result in a large and long-standing atrial septal defect – or adult congenital heart defect – that can damage your heart and lungs.
There are many other forms of congenital heart disease. Ultimately, congenital heart disease can lead to serious complications, including abnormal heart rhythm, stroke, heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, and heart valve problems.
Treatment for the disease varies based on whether you have a mild or severe case. Your physician may treat the heart defect itself or address your symptoms caused by the defect. Medications and implantable heart devices – such as a pacemaker or a cardioverter defibrillator – are just a couple of the treatments that may be recommended by your doctor.
Click on the links below to learn more about the causes, types, symptoms, and how we diagnose and treat congenital heart disease at the Cardiovascular Institute at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh and at Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania.