Adult Congenital Heart Disease Support Group at Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute

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Adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) patients cared for by a specially trained cardiologist live longer than those who aren't. Yet, it’s estimated that less than 10 percent of all ACHD patients receive this specialized care.

How Do I Know If I Have Congenital Heart Disease?

A defective heart may be diagnosed before birth, right after birth or during childhood. Most cases are identified before adolescence. It's possible to have a defect and no symptoms at all. In adults, symptoms of congenital heart disease may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Becoming tired very quickly when exercising
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • A bluish tint to the skin
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Swelling of body tissue or organs, also called edema
  • Stroke
  • Chest scar from previous surgery

If you are an adult with congenital heart disease, getting the proper care is imperative to your overall well-being. Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute’s Jorge AlegrÍa, MD, is one of just a handful of specially trained ACHD cardiologists in the country and leads a team of cardiologists, surgeons, imaging specialists and nurses in Charlotte, NC, who understand the specific challenges you face.

Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute Program Highlights

Unparalleled Expertise

Our team of experts addresses your specific needs through every life change – from pregnancy to weight loss, nutrition counseling to exercise – helping you manage each one for optimal health.

Seamless Transition

Sanger’s ACHD program is located next to the pediatric congenital heart program at Levine Children’s Hospital, enabling seamless communication between pediatric and adult cardiologists and surgeons, day or night.

Personalized Plans

Dr. AlegrÍa, trained in ACHD and internal medicine, understands the unique needs you as an adult faces and works hand in hand with your regular cardiologist or primary care physician to develop your individualized medical plan.

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