Adults with congenital heart defects are different from adults with other heart problems like coronary artery disease. They are typically younger and have unique problems which vary depending on the particular heart condition with which they were born. This means that care for adults with congenital heart disease must be individualized.
Perhaps most important, adults with diagnosed congenital heart defects need routine checkups. These patients need to visit a primary care physician and cardiologist regularly, even when they are feeling well, to prevent problems from occurring.