ISSN : 2146-3123
E-ISSN : 2146-3131

General Concepts in Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Ferit Onur Mutluer1, Alpay Çeliker2
1Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, Koç University Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
2Clinic of Pediatric Cardiology, American Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
DOI : 10.4274/balkanmedj.2017.0910

Summary

Congenital heart disease in adults (adult congenital heart disease) is a growing burden for healthcare systems. While infant mortality due to congenital heart disease in the last 4 decades decreased by almost three-fold, adult congenital heart disease prevalence increased by more than 2-fold in United States. Adult congenital heart disease prevalence is expected to increase steadily until 2050 in projections. Adult congenital heart disease is a multi-faceted problem with many dimensions. This manuscript aims to provide an overview of the common adult congenital heart disease and summarize important points in management of these diseases with possible problems and complications that the patients and the physicians face.

Keywords : Adult, grown up, congenital heart disease, general concepts, special considerations