St. Joseph's Children's Hospital: Committed to Treating
Congenital Heart Defects, at Any Age
Most congenital heart defects are addressed in childhood. However, some conditions require long-term follow up as adults. Other conditions may not present themselves for years, so they are not noticed until a person is an adult. St. Joseph's Children's Hospital has specialists who can attend to both scenarios.
The adult patient with a congenital heart defect may require pediatric and adult cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, and specialists in other areas to treat issues which may result from the heart condition. Your doctor at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital will be skilled at assembling the proper team for diagnosis and treatment, with immediate access to clinicians at St. Joseph's Hospital for adults.
Symptoms in Adults
If you had heart surgery as a child, you may be at a higher risk of developing heart disease as an adult. Whether your condition was not serious enough to address as a child and has worsened, or it was treated years ago and scar tissue has developed, symptoms may present themselves. Call your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Bluish tint to the skin: known as Cyanosis
- Shortness of breath
- Dizziness or fainting
- Swelling: Edema
For more information about St. Joseph's Children's Hospital and it services for adults with congenital heart defects, please call (813) 554-8500.