Adult congenital heart disease refers to abnormalities within the valves, chamber walls, arteries or veins of the heart. With any of these heart defects, a structural problem is present at birth. In most cases, these defects aren’t noticeable until adulthood. They’re often recognized when symptoms develop after a childhood heart repair.
As part of our cardiology services, Dignity Health North State provides state-of-the-art testing and treatment for congenital heart defects in Northern California.
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Symptoms of Adult Congenital Heart Disease
A congenital heart condition can include a range of symptoms, such as:
- Shortness of breath with activity
- Heart murmurs
- Blueness of the skin during exercise
- Clubbing of the fingers and toes
- Leg weakness
Symptoms depend on the specific type of heart defect and if you or a loved one received treatment for it during childhood.
Causes of Adult Congenital Heart Disease
The cause of heart defects present at birth generally fall into these categories:
- Most are unknown
- Some are the result of a structural defect unnoticed at birth
- Others are due to heart failure in adulthood after having a childhood surgery to repair a problem
Dignity Health North State cardiologists will work to diagnose the cause of your heart problem and provide personalized care at these locations:
Treatment for Adult Congenital Heart Disease at Dignity Health North State
The way that doctors approach adult congenital heart defects depends on the type and severity of the problem. Mild conditions may not require treatment, while more advanced disorders may be cared for with lifestyle changes, medication, or surgery. The goal of treatment is to reduce symptoms and allow the heart to function as normally as possible.
No matter what kind of congenital heart problem you or a loved one may have, it is very important to have routine follow-up care from a cardiologist throughout life.
Pregnancy has certain risks for those with congenital heart disease. If you’re pregnant or considering pregnancy, talk with a Dignity Health North State cardiologist. Our providers can help you understand what to expect and how to prepare.
Dignity Health North State offers care throughout life for people with congenital heart disease in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.