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Congenital Heart Defects

Ask the Heart Expert

Dr. Craig BrobergQuestion

I was born with an abnormal heart. Are there things I need to be worried about now?

Answer

Every year more and more children born with heart defects are successfully treated and become adults, like you. Having a congenital heart defect is a lifelong journey, and it is important that you know how to care properly for your heart for your entire life.

Depending on the type of heart defect you have, there are a number of things that occur more commonly in adults as a consequence of their congenital heart disease. A heart specialist can help you figure out what happened when you were a child, and more importantly, what you need to be aware of for the future. Specifically, you may have special needs during a pregnancy, or be at risk for a fast heart rhythm, or even an infection of the heart. Diagnostic tests may not be so straightforward in you as they would in another, and should be interpreted with your specific defect in mind. You may need a pacemaker, or even more heart surgery. Whatever your needs, you’ll want a specialist who understands your unique heart.

Ask Dr. Broberg about congenital heart defect

Let the experienced heart specialists at the OHSU Adult Congenital Heart Program help you understand and monitor your particular health care needs. We will help you and your doctor understand how to keep you healthy all your life.