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December 11th, 2018

Endorsed Meetings

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What do I need to know about surgery?

Adults who had operations as children sometimes need new repairs. The wear-and-tear of time, aging, and growth can reduce the effectiveness of their first surgery. Whether your cardiologist finds that you need surgery or re-surgery, you will want to understand your defect, the recommended operation, and the expected results.

Is surgery the only treatment for a congenital heart defect?

Having a heart defect does not automatically mean you need an operation. Many heart defects do not need surgery, and some do not require treatment of any kind. It is possible for your cardiologist to find that drug therapy (medical treatment) is effective for you. For example, the drug digoxin can be used to regulate the force of the heart as it beats.

Should I limit my physical activity?

Most people with a congenital heart defect can be fully active. They do not need restrictions. You are encouraged to participate in physical activities that help keep your heart fit and that you can enjoy for a lifetime. Such healthful activities include swimming, bicycling, tennis, and low-impact aerobics. In a few specific heart conditions, your cardiologist may advise you against some intense physical activities such as competitive or contact sports.

ACHD Featured Reviews

Last update April 19, 2017
Body mass index in adult congenital heart disease.

Commentary from Dr. Tabitha Moe (Phoenix)

Pregnancy outcomes in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension associated with congenital heart disease.

Commentary from Dr. Tabitha Moe (Phoenix)

Value of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Noninvasive Risk Stratification in Tetralogy of Fallot.
Limited Ventricular Preload is the Main Reason for Reduced Stress Reserve after Atrial Baffle Repair.
National In-Hospital Outcomes of Pregnancy in Women with Single Ventricle Congenital Heart Disease.



ISACHD Semi-Annual Meeting
We are relocating our ISACHD semiannual meetings to where our members most frequently gather. Hence there will be no ISACHD meeting in Orlando at ACC in March, but we look forward to welcoming you to a business meeting to update you on our Society and its exciting developments at the 28th International Symposium on Adult Congenital Heart Disease in Toronto, June 6-9, 2018, Marriott Downtown, Eaton Centre
Registration and call for abstracts are open:

Dr. Gary Webb: Recipient of the 2017 Eugene Braunwald Academic Mentorship Award.  Join us in Anaheim at Awards Ceremony 

held on Sunday, November 12, 2017, 1-3 pm in the main hall of the Anaheim Conv. Center. Read more


Ted Rogers Chair in Adult Congenital Heart Disease, University Health Network, Toronto (Ca) The Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research and the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at University Health Network (UHN), a University of Toronto (U of T) teaching hospital, are seeking applicants for the inaugural Ted Rogers Chair in Adult Congenital Heart Disease(read more)