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Adult patients with congenital heart disease.
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PMID:  23318541     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Unlike a few decades ago, today most patients with congenital heart disease reach adulthood after intervention or reparative surgery. As complete correction is generally not possible, a patient population with great complexity and a particular challenge to medical management is rising and a regular follow-up is mandatory. The aim of care is the timely recognition of residual or associated problems. Frequency and intensity of follow-up examinations depend on type and complexity of the lesion. The standard repertoire at follow-up consists of a specific history, clinical examination, ECG, Holter-monitoring, exercise tests, and echocardiography. Depending on the indication, cardio-MRI, CT scan, and sophisticated cardiac catheterization may become necessary. Long-term complications like rhythm disturbances, pulmonary hypertension, or heart failure are frequent, despite optimal care. Acute complications like arrhythmias, infective endocarditis, cerebral events, cerebral abscesses, aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism, and bleeding have to be recognized early and treated appropriately. Additional focus has to be placed on counseling and management of noncardiac disease and surgery, pregnancy and delivery, exercise at work and in private life, driving, and insurance issues. Training and certification of physicians as well as the establishment of specialized centers will help to ensure high quality health care for the affected patient population.
R G Grabitz; H Kaemmerer; F-W Mohr
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  Der Internist     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1432-1289     ISO Abbreviation:  Internist (Berl)     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0264620     Medline TA:  Internist (Berl)     Country:  -    
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Languages:  GER     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Kompetenzzentrum Angeborene Herzfehler im Erwachsenenalter, Klinik und Poliklinik für Pädiatrische Kardiologie, Universitätsklinikum Halle (Saale), Ernst-Grube-Str. 40, 06120, Halle (Saale), Deutschland,
Vernacular Title:
Angeborene Herzfehler im Erwachsenenalter.
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