Approximately one out of every 110 U.S. babies is born every year with a congenital heart defect (CHD). This type of birth defect affects the heart’s structure and function. The condition can be life threatening.
Some congenital heart defects are detected in infancy or childhood. Some people are unaware they have a heart condition until problems arise later in life.
Whether you’ve known about your heart problem since childhood or are just now learning that you have a congenital heart defect, the heart experts at MUSC Health’s Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program can help.
At MUSC Health, we offer the only comprehensive program in South Carolina that provides specialized lifelong care for children and adults born with heart defects. The medical experts at our Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program work hand-in-hand with pediatric heart specialists at MUSC Children’s Health to ensure you receive the highest quality care.
When you come to MUSC Health for congenital heart disease care, you benefit from:
If you were diagnosed with a congenital heart defect in childhood, you likely have been under the care of pediatric heart specialists for decades. Now that you’re maturing, it’s time to make a switch to doctors who specialize in treating adults with your type of heart condition.
At MUSC Health, we know that you might be nervous about this change. Our transition clinic smooths the transition from pediatric to adult cardiology care. We also help newly-diagnosed adults navigate this sometimes confusing world of cardiac care.
During visits at the transition clinic, you meet with an adult congenital heart disease specialist to learn more about:
At the Heart & Vascular Center, congenital heart disease experts from both adult and pediatric programs work together to ensure you receive the care you need. Our team understands the complex nature of congenital heart defects, as well as the medical and social issues faced by young adults.
Members of your CHD team may include:
In addition to heart specialists, your CHD team also includes obstetricians, genetic counselors and social workers. These specialists can help you navigate important life decisions such as starting a family and the genetic risk (if any) of your child having a heart defect.
Your congenital heart disease team works collaboratively to develop a treatment plan that meets your specific ongoing health needs. Congenital heart disease treatment options may include:
To learn more about services available at the MUSC Heart & Vascular Center or to schedule an appointment, please call 843-792-1952.