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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 Arkansas ACHD Program cares for patients with all types of Congenital Heart Disease. Currently, more than 1,100 patients are followed, many of whom have been treated at Arkansas Children's since childhood. New patients are often seen as the result of second opinion requests. Our program can also work closely with local adult cardiologists to offer co-management in some cases.
As a part of the Arkansas Children's Heart Center, the ACHD Program offers complete clinical services, including inpatient and outpatient care. This comprehensive treatment program provides experts who are specially trained in the unique healthcare needs of adults with CHD.
Ongoing research endeavors include:
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