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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Do children born with congenital heart disease continue to have problems as adults?

    My best friends baby boy was recently born with congenital heart disease and has successfully undergone surgery. Will he continue to have heart problems as he grows into adulthood?
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    Dr Sylvia Chen

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    Dr Chen is a Specialist Cardiologist in Adult Congenital Heart Disease and in Cardiovascular MRI. She trained in Royal Brompton and University College Hospitals, London. ... View Profile

    It will depend on what the underlying heart abnormality was. Generally, the more complex the heart defect, the more likely it is that there may be complications later in life. Even the less simple heart defects may also lead to later problems.

    Therefore, it is very important that children who have had congenital heart disease despite successful repair in childhood, must go for regular follow up with a congenital heart disease specialist, even in adulthood.

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    Dr Bennett Franjic

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    Dr Bennett Franjic is a General Cardiologist with expertise in Echocardiography. He has special interest in Cardiomyopathy, Valvular Disease, Pulmonary Hypertension and Stress Echocardiography. Dr ... View Profile

    Most Congenital Heart problems need to be monitored throughout a patient's life.
    Further problems may occur, and it is best to identify them early, before something urgent happens.

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