Is regular exercise safe for adults with congenital heart disease?

For many years, researchers have studied the effects of physical exercise on healthy people and those with cardiovascular disease. These studies have shown both groups benefit from being physically active by having a lower risk of heart attacks and living longer. The same benefits apply to adults with congenital heart disease (CHD).

Despite this evidence, a large number of adults with CHD are not physically active. Unfortunately for many of these adults, being inactive is a behavior learned from growing …Click here to continue reading

Understanding pregnancy risks for women with congenital heart disease

A large number of women born with congenital heart disease (CHD) survive into adulthood because of advancements in surgical and medical treatments. Like many young adults, they have dreams of starting a family of their own. In general, pregnancy in women with a history of CHD is safe, but for some pregnancy may have significant risks to the mom and unborn baby.

One of the biggest concerns is the increased stress on the heart. Throughout pregnancy, …Click here to continue reading

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

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 …Click here to continue reading