Children who were treated for a congenital heart defect when they were little may think they do not need any further follow-up with a cardiologist.  But that’s not always true.  Even those who were successfully treated as children may experience complications at different times throughout their life.  These issues may vary in severity, depending on the defect. 

Routine follow-up with a specially trained adult congenital heart cardiologist is vital to reduce the potential problems patients may encounter as they get older.  

Because there are roughly 50 different categories of congenital heart defects, the problems that may occur vary greatly from one condition to another. Each patient should ask his or her physician / cardiologist what symptoms to look out for.