Congenital heart defects are present at birth and related to structural problems of the heart. While many defects can be treated successfully during childhood, adults often need additional consultations, procedures or medications later in life.
Also known as congenital heart failure, CHD may be first identified after a patient has been found to have a heart murmur, which is an abnormal sound of blood moving inside or near the heart as it beats. Not all heart murmurs are serious, but they can be an indication of an underlying heart condition, including congenital defects.
Less common types of adult congenital heart defects managed and treated at Scripps or through partners include: