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Adult Congenital Heart Disease

In the US, there are approximately 1 million adults with congenital heart disease, with 20,000 new patients reaching adolescence each year. With early diagnosis in childhood and improved medical, surgical and ICU care, the number of adults will continue to rise. Despite improved survival to adulthood, many patients will continue to have problems with residual shunts, valvular heart disease, ventricular dysfunction, heart failure and arrhythmias. The risk of sudden death in adults with congenital heart disease is nearly 25-50 times greater than would be expected for their age. The Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University Medical Center was created to meet the medical and surgical needs of this unique and complex population. The program is comprised of experts with an understanding of the natural history of congenital heart disease as well as the care after surgical or specialized transcatheter therapy.