What is congenital heart disease?
Congenital heart disease is a general term for a range of birth defects that affect the normal workings of the heart and great vessels. Congenital means a condition that is present at birth.
The population of adults with congenital heart disease continues to grow rapidly. This partly reflects the success of children's cardiology, children's heart surgery and specialist care in adulthood.
Although most of these adult patients are well, they are at risk of complications specific to their condition. The majority will need long term follow-up at a specialist centre.
The adult ACHD unit based at St Thomas’ provides a full range of medical, surgical and obstetric services. Our service includes:
- non-invasive and invasive investigation
- cardiac rhythm management
- catheter intervention
- cardiac surgery
- transition from children's services to adult's
- pulmonary hypertension
- cardiac obstetric service
- connective tissue disorder and cardiac genetics
- special care dentistry
See our sub-specialities tab for more information on each of the above services.
For dates and times of transition days, please see the transition page on the Evelina London Children's Healthcare website.