Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Congenital heart disease or congenital heart defects are some of the most common types of birth defects. Symptoms of a congenital heart defect may happen at birth, during childhood, or may not be present until adulthood. The most common types include heart valve defects and defects in the walls between the heart chambers.
Diagnostic tests for congenital heart disease can include:
- Chest X-ray
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Echocardiogram or transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)
- Cardiac catheterization
- Intravascular ultrasound
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Treatment options for congenital heart disease can vary and range from medical management to open heart surgery.