Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
This procedure may be used to treat or diagnose several different conditions. We have listed some of these conditions below for your convenience. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list and may vary depending on your specific diagnosis.
Congenital Heart Disease: Managing Your Condition Can Protect Your Life and Lifestyle
Just in the last decade, the number of adults living with congenital heart disease began exceeding the number of children living with congenital heart disease, as treatments have improved. That means the more and more people are in need of adult care.
The transition from pediatric to adult care can be difficult to navigate but if you were born with congenital heart disease – even if you had surgery as a child and feel fine today – the chances are very good that you need lifelong monitoring by a doctor who specializes in adult congenital heart disease (ACHD). Ongoing care throughout adulthood can help maintain your lifestyle and even save your life. There are many different types of congenital heart disease, and all but a few can cause serious long-term problems (or worse) if not evaluated in adulthood and monitored and treated as needed.
Unfortunately, more than 60% of those with congenital heart disease do not receive the care they need in their adult years. The good news is that congenital heart disease is highly treatable in both children and adults, and most with ACHD are able to lead active and productive lives, getting married and having children of their own. Thanks to significant medical advances, surviving into adulthood is now the norm rather than the exception, and today more than 95% of the people treated for congenital heart disease live well beyond the age of 18.
Becauses of these advances and the resulting longer lifespan of patients with ACHD, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recommend that people with ACHD receive regular follow-up care from a physician specializing in your condition. ACHD specialists have unique experience and knowledge that most doctors do not have. UAB Medicine is the only health care facility in Alabama with the full range of expertise necessary to manage and treat ACHD.
Those who avoid follow-up care do so for a variety of reasons, such as losing the health insurance coverage they had under their parents’ policy, financial troubles, or distance from the nearest qualified medical center. By not seeking care for ACHD, you potentially threaten your health and run the risk of a small, manageable problem becoming a much more serious condition.
Modern treatments are very effective, so ACHD specialists are able to focus on helping you more safely enjoy the positive aspects of your life, such as recreation, exercise, and reproduction.
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