Congenital Heart Disease
The term “congenital heart disease” (CHD) refers to abnormal heart structure that is present from birth. CHD is not really a “disease” at all but a highly complex group of abnormalities. Some congenital heart problems are detected very early in life but others may be diagnosed in children or adults. Most people with a congenital heart issue should be followed up throughout their life by a cardiologist with specialised training to monitor for any complications that might arise.
If you would like more information, the www.myheart.org.au website is a great resource and www.heartkids.congenital.org provides information about specific congenital heart conditions and interventions.