Thanks to major advances in treating congenital heart disease, more than 90 percent of all children born with heart defects will survive to adulthood. This is a major success story in the medical world and has resulted in a new group of adults with congenital heart disease.
There are more than 1 million adults with congenital heart disease living in the U.S., of which about 15,000 live in Wisconsin. While many are doing well, these adults — regardless of their current condition — are at risk for unique health problems. For this reason, the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program was developed to provide lifelong follow-up care by physicians who specialize in caring for adults with congenital heart disease.
The ACHD Program was created by Herma Heart Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in partnership with Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin. It offers comprehensive care, including diagnostic testing, surgery and heart catheterizations.
I invite you to watch my video below to learn more about why specialized care for these adults is so important.
If you or a loved one is living with adult congenital heart disease, I urge you to seek regular follow-up care. Learn more about the ACHD Program or make an appointment by calling (414) 266-6784.
~ Michael Earing, MD, program director of ACHD Program at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and associate professor of Adult Cardiovascular Medicine and Pediatric Cardiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin
The ACHD program at Children’s Hospital is the largest program of its kind in the state. Three of the less than 40 physicians nationwide trained to care for this population are physicians in the ACHD Program. Our surgeons are the only board-certified congenital heart disease surgeons in the state.