Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Baystate Health’s Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program started in 2014, when it was only one of a few in the country. Today our cardiologists provide comprehensive care with a focus on your long-term health and comfort.
Adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) means you were born with a heart defect. You might have been diagnosed as a child or discovered the problem when you were an adult. There are many kinds of ACHDs, including ventricular septal defect (VSD), atrial septal defect (ASD), and tetralogy of Fallot (TOF).
ACHD is a lifelong condition. Certain heart defects put you at greater risk for heart attack, stroke, and endocarditis. This makes it very important that you work closely with your doctors, no matter what your age.
The Baystate Health Congenital Heart Disease Program transitions children with congenital heart disease to adult care between the ages of 18 and 21, depending on when it’s right for you. Our team includes both pediatric cardiologists and adult cardiologists who are experts in congenital heart disease.