Living with CHD

Learn more about key topics about living with ACHD such as pregnancy, preventing infections, and travel.

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Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Dental Issues: What’s Up with Preventive Antibiotics?

ACHD and Dental Issues

What is endocarditis? Endocarditis (also called subacute bacterial endocarditis, or SBE) is an infection of the inner lining of the heart. It can destroy heart tissue and spread...

Advance Care Planning and Advance Directives

Advance Care Planning and Advance Directives

When it comes to end-of-life decisions, planning and communication can make a big difference. The place for these difficult conversations should not be in the Intensive Care Unit...

Birth Control for Women with Congenital Heart Disease

Birth Control

Of the predicted 1.3 million adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) in the United States, more than half are women, and as one of these, you need to be able to plan if and...

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID-19 and ACHD

What It Means for Adults with Congenital Heart Disease

Exercise and Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Exercise and Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Is it safe for people with congenital heart disease (CHD) to exercise? Many adults with CHD were told as children to not exercise. It used to be thought that exercise was...

The Heart and Its Electrical System

The Heart's Electrical System

The heart’s main job is to pump blood. The upper chambers (atria) take in blood from your lungs and body, and they pass that blood on to the lower chambers (ventricles) through...

Hepatitis C in Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Hepatitis C in Adult Congenital Heart Disease

What is Hepatitis C? Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes liver inflammation or swelling. The virus can cause an acute or a chronic infection. Symptoms often do not...

Neurocognitive Issues in Congenital Heart Disease

Neurocognitive Issues in Congenital Heart Disease

Neurocognitive is a word that explains how our nervous system affects our behavior. Neuro refers to the central nervous system. Cognitive refers to how our brain acquires...

Pregnancy in Women with Congenital Heart Disease

Pregnancy and CHD

Most women with congenital heart disease (CHD) can have a successful pregnancy. Doing so requires careful planning and management. Although pregnancy carries some risk for women...

Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary Hypertension

If you have pulmonary hypertension (PH), it means that the blood pressure in your lungs is higher than normal. Up to 10% of adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) could have...

Quality of Life in Congenital Heart Disease

Quality of Life

Does having congenital heart disease (CHD) doom you to a miserable life? There has been a lot of interest in what kind of quality of life (QOL) people with chronic illnesses...

Telemedicine: What Adults with Congenital Heart Disease Need to Know

Telemedicine: What Adults with Congenital Heart Disease Need to Know

Telemedicine is an innovative way for you to continue to have routine visits with all of your healthcare providers, including your adult congenital heart disease (ACHD)...

Traveling with Congenital Heart Disease

Traveling with CHD

Travel is part of our life—but it can be stressful. The key to having a successful trip, whether by car, train, bus, airplane or boat, is to plan ahead and be...