Adult congenital heart disease

Congenital heart disease means you are born with a heart condition. Because of advances in pediatric heart surgery, most children with congenital heart disease now live into adulthood. Geisinger’s adult congenital heart disease specialists provide the lifelong follow-up these adults need.

Many congenital diagnoses are made in childhood. You may also receive a diagnosis as an adult. Our adult congenital heart specialists help manage these cases as well.

What you should know about adult congenital heart disease:

  • The American College of Cardiology recommends that adults with congenital heart disease see a specialist for follow-up visits at least every year or two. Even if you have congenital heart disease that is low risk and straightforward, a specialist should evaluate you at least once as an adult.
  • Adults with congenital heart disease may face health issues regarding:
    • Exercise and sports
    • Preventive health habits
    • Birth control and pregnancy
    • Genetic testing


Why choose Geisinger for your adult congenital heart disease care?

  • One Institute, one team: From young children to adults, we provide a full range of congenital heart care. Pediatric cardiology is part of the Heart and Vascular Institute at Geisinger. We work as a team to provide continuity of care for children and adults with congenital heart conditions.
  • Specialized care: If you had heart surgery as a child, you need to see an adult congenital heart specialist. These specialists are cardiologists with advanced training in congenital heart disease. Too often, young adults outgrow their pediatric support team and do not get the follow-up care they need as adults. Geisinger provides the specialist care you need, so you can continue living a healthy and active life.
  • Comprehensive surgical offerings: If you need heart surgery for a congenital heart condition as an adult, we provide the full range of care.

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