At Porter Cardiology, we pride ourselves on our personalized, patient centered approach to preventative care and diagnosis. Our dedicated staff and cardiologists are committed to making you feel at ease and providing the best quality care and service available.
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Congenital Heart Disease: What You Need to Know
When most people think of heart disease, they associate it with health problems that arise from living an unhealthy lifestyle. This is not the case however, as some people are born with congenital heart disease. When an infant is born with an abnormal heart, it is called a congenital heart defect. This occurs in about eight out of every 1,000 infants born. While some defects are mild and not noticeable during infancy or even in childhood, some are severe and require immediate surgery.
Thanks to the advancements made in technology, cardiac medicine and catheter-based interventional procedures, now over 90 percent of infants born with congenital heart disease are living longer into adulthood. Skilled doctors who specialize in treating adults with this disease, make it possible for them to live a long, full life.
There are several factors linked to the development of congenital heart defects in infants. They include the following:
Congenital Heart Disease Diagnosis:
A heart defect is most often detected as an abnormal sound heard through a stethoscope during a routine exam. Other procedures like a chest x-ray or electrocardiogram can uncover defects as well. The following imaging studies and procedures are then performed by cardiac specialists to diagnose and determine the severity of your condition:
Congenital Heart Disease Treatment:
When you choose a university hospital and health system for your care, you can expect a team of devoted and experienced cardiac specialists to recommend a treatment plan that is best suited for your specific needs. Whether you have a minor congenital heart defect that simply needs routine monitoring, or a more serious condition that could lead to complication, our facility offers a full range of treatments. You’ll be prescribed specialized medications, and feel confident knowing you’ll be working with doctors who focus on congenital heart disease.
Our UVM Health Network team includes general cardiologists, interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. You can even work with cardiologists who are dedicated specifically to the care of adult patients with congenital heart disease.
Treatment options for congenital heart disease involve non-surgical and surgical/catheter-based treatments.
Congenital Heart Disease Diagnosis and Treatment
At The UVM Health Network, physicians who specialize in congenital heart disease will assess your condition and make a diagnosis.
To make an appointment with one of our specialists, please call (802) 382-3443.