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Congenital Heart Disease (Adult)

Congenital Heart Disease (Adult)

What is Congenital Heart Disease?

Congenital heart disease is a term used to describe heart defects that develop in utero. These defects can range from simple abnormalities that cause no symptoms to complex defects that can become life-threatening. The most common defects affect blood flow through the heart.

Congenital heart defects that are identified and treated at birth or during childhood can reappear later into adulthood. Existing problems may have worsened, the repair may not have fully resolved the issue, or complications from earlier surgeries have begun to form.

What are the causes and symptoms of congenital heart disease?

Congenital heart defects begin in the womb and can develop for a variety of reasons, both hereditary and environmental, but identifying a specific cause is difficult. Risk factors may include genetic predisposition, certain medications the mother takes, and mothers smoking while pregnant.

Some congenital heart defects present no signs or symptoms, or may not become apparent until well into adulthood. They can also recur even after previous treatment. Symptoms of congenital heart disease in adults can include:

  • Arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat)
  • Cyanosis (skin with a bluish tint)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Edema (swelling of body tissue or organs)
  • Quick to tire after exertion

If you were diagnosed with or treated for a congenital heart defect in early childhood, take extra care to monitor any worsening symptoms. If you were not diagnosed with one but are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical help.

How is congenital heart disease treated?

Though many congenital heart defects can be identified before birth, they often require life-long care and monitoring. If left untreated, they can develop into arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, or heart infection, and increase your risk of stroke.

Your doctor will conduct a variety of tests to determine the exact nature of your heart defect. Depending on the severity and risk, treatment can range anywhere from watchful waiting and medication to implantable heart devices, open-heart surgery, and, in extreme cases, a heart transplant.

Even if you feel you have outgrown or resolved a congenital heart defect, follow-up care and routine exams are still vitally important because you are still at risk for developing complications. Be sure to disclose any previous conditions or defects to all of your medical providers to minimize the risk of exacerbating any problems.

CardioVascular Health Clinic boasts a dedicated team of qualified specialists whose sole focus is your heart’s health. With decades of combined experience, state-of-the-art technology, and a comprehensive approach to patient care, our physicians are able to offer Oklahomans unparalleled cardiovascular services.

Congenital heart disease can hide in plain sight. If you were diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, or suspect you or a loved one may be suffering from one, call CardioVascular Health Clinic today at (405) 701-9880 to schedule an appointment or visit our website.

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Professional staff working in a beautiful facility with great doctors who sincerely care about their patients. Without Dr. Schmidt's skill, I would have needed heart bypass surgery instead of a stent. Follow-up has been thorough. I can't recommend them highly enough.
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LeAnn Harner

Dr. Jim Melton and all the staff are fantastic. He is an excellent surgeon and his team is GREAT!!!! I just had surgery at the surgery center, I have only great things to say about my experience. Without him I really don't think I would be here to write this. If you’re looking for a good cardiovascular team, they are a 5 star for sure.

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Susie Brooks Harrison

Dr. Parsons and staff are amazing. He truly listened to me from the consult. Staff showed genuine care for my progress post procedure. I had my follow up appointment today so satisfied with results. Blake made me comfortable from the start. He is an activist for uterine fibroids treatment beyond the standard.

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Tamara Means

Professional and caring staff. Dr. Smith is very knowledgeable and shows genuine concern for your personal health. I enjoyed the background music in the procedure room, it really adds to the relaxing atmosphere.

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David Lambert

Dr. John Schrader is the most personable doctor we know. He stays on top of my dads health care and is genuinely concerned about his health. We never leave his office with questions. He answers them all. Even questions we don’t think of. Always professional but never cold or bad bedside manner. In our opinion he is THE BEST around.
Thank you Dr Schrader.

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Kathy J

I came to Dr. Warren by a self referral for mals when it took me 8yrs 50+ doctors and thousands of dollars spent on no answers. My first visit I was scared I was just going to be gaslighted just like the past however I was pleasantly shocked when Dr. Warren immediately believed me. She took the time to review many disk I had brought from past tests. She never once dismissed me and listened to ever word I had to say. She scheduled one last test to confirm the diagnosis then I was scheduled for surgery right away. Surgery was a success and I can’t thank her and her staff enough. Dr. Warren truly saved my life.

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Angie W

Dr. Garner literally saved my life 18 months ago and I've followed him to his new practice with Cardiovascular Health. He explains things so clearly, listens and is just a very nice person. His staff is great, too! I highly recommend!

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