CHD in adults: The need for specialized care and an overview of our ACHD Program
Advances in diagnosing and treating congenital heart disease have dramatically reduced the mortality rate of CHD in childhood; however, complications later in life persist. In this video, Joseph Kay, MD, Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program, a joint program between Children’s Colorado and University of Colorado Hospital, discusses the unique and ongoing care that teen and adult patients with ACHD require.
Learn about the specialized care and procedures we offer for patients with ACHD, as well as the Adult Congenital Heart Association’s accreditation program and their criteria for maintaining high quality care.
Research: Prevalence of mental health conditions in patients with ACHD
Recent research published in The American Journal of Cardiology shows a high prevalence of mental health conditions among teens and adults with ACHD. In this video, lead author and ACHD specialist Amber Khanna, MD, summarizes the findings with Dr. Kay.
Mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, explains Dr. Khanna, can interfere with the type of self-care that is critical for managing ACHD. Adult congenital heart physicians should consider the patient’s entire medical profile in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients who were born with a congenital heart defect.