For Patients

When you or your loved one is diagnosed with congenital heart disease, it can be a difficult and emotionally challenging time. There are resources available that will help you to understand this very common birth defect and the treatment options available.

Before you begin your research, it is important to realize the following:

  • There are many different types of congenital heart defects ranging from very simple to extraordinarily complex lesions.
  • Everyone will have a slightly different experience and treatment process depending on the type and severity of their condition. A cardiologist with expertise in congenital heart disease is the best source of information regarding your specific congenital heart defect.
  • Lifelong surveillance is necessary for the majority of congenital heart defects with physicians who have expertise in the care of patients with congenital heart disease.
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