Lurie Children’s Heart Center offers the Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Program to help give teenagers and adults who were born with heart defects the best cardiac care possible. Thanks to treatment advances, most children with congenital heart disease (CHD) now survive into adulthood, yet they also require life-long cardiac monitoring for potential complications. Only about 10% of adults with CHD receive recommended care within an ACHD center, so our ACHD program staff are committed to facilitating access to care for adults with congenital heart disease.
We have a partnership with the ACHD program at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to make the care integration process seamless. We also collaborate with the pediatric teams at Lurie Children’s Heart Center, which include our program for irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmia) — one of the nation’s foremost arrhythmia services for CHD.
Our program’s cardiologists have specific training and experience in caring for adolescents and adults with CHD and are well prepared to provide life-long follow-up care for these patients. Major goals of our program are to educate the young adult on their heart problem and to identify and treat problems early before more serious consequences develop.