Congenital heart disease is a category of heart disease that includes various abnormalities in the structure of the heart or blood vessels that occur before birth.
Heart abnormalities include:
- abnormal connections between heart chambers
- blood vessels connected in abnormal positions
- abnormal heart valves
- blockages within heart structures
Many patients with congenital heart conditions will have had surgery and/or medical interventions during childhood. They usually require long-term follow up from a cardiac team that specializes in the management of congenital heart conditions.
Patients aged 18 years and older may be referred to the Pacific Adult Congenital Heart (PACH) Clinic at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver. The PACH clinic is funded by Cardiac Services BC.