Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is more common than most people realize. Nearly 1 percent of babies born in the United States each year have CHD, making it one of the most frequently diagnosed birth defects. As advances in surgery and medical management have greatly improved, those born with cardiac anomalies are now living far into adulthood. Currently, adults make up the largest population of people living with CHD.
Adults with CHD present a unique challenge as they age. As those born with CHD grow into adulthood and develop other health problems, they become difficult for pediatric cardiologists to manage. At the same time, the complexity of the congenital heart disease poses dilemmas for an adult cardiologist.
The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recommend adults with CHD are followed in regional adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) programs. This is why it is essential to follow up with a team such as the Adult Congenital Heart Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Arkansas Children's. This comprehensive treatment program offers experts who are specially trained in the unique healthcare needs of adults with CHD.
The only of its kind in the state, the Arkansas ACHD program provides care to patients from throughout the region. Great efforts are made to assist in the transition of patients from Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease Programs to ensure there is no lapse in care and provide patients with the best possible outcomes. The ACHD team is dedicated to offering up-to-date care based on the most recent guidelines for management of this complex group of patients.
Members of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program include: