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For adults with congenital heart disease, Herma Heart Center is the best place for specialized care — 4 Comments

  1. That sounds like a high number living in Wisconsin Dr. Earing, is there a reason for that? It’s great to know so many children now can survive with it.

  2. Thanks for your comments and question. Congenital heart disease is one of the many success stories in modern medicine. Prior to surgery in 1950’s, 90 percent of children with a heart defect died before reaching adulthood. Now the opposite is true with 90 percent of babies born with a heart defect survive to adulthood. What an amazing turn around!!!!! This explains why there are 15,000 adults with CHD living our state.

  3. Dr. Eating when kids see a Pediatric Cardiologist at the Herma Heart Center what age do they usually become part of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program? Like Lisa said before it is great to hear so many children are living adulthood!

  4. Dear Emily,

    Thank you for your question. In general, the majority of patients are transitioned to the Adult Congenital Heart Disease program between 18-25 years of age.

    Transitioning from adolescence to adulthood is a challenge for many teenagers. This can be even harder if you have heart disease. The ACHD program allows all patients the opportunity to learn about multiple adult topics to help with this transition including discussions about birth control, pregnancy, appropriate exercise, career choices, insurance and future health issues.