Living with CHD - Adults
Estimates suggest that there are more than 1.4 million adults living with CHD in the U.S. Thanks to improved treatment for congenital heart disease, there are now more adults with CHD than children. However, there is no cure for CHD and adults face unique health and personal challenges as a result. You are not alone.
What is ACHD
Understanding Congenital Heart Defects into Adulthood
This CardioSmart resource, from ACC, breaks down all aspects of Adult Congenital Heart Disease, what it is, how to manage your care, and where to find additional support .
Arrhythmias and Cardiac Devices
Complications from surgery, scar tissue left behind, and an underlying disease can bring about arrhythmias in CHD patients and lead to need for a cardiac device.
What Genetic Testing Can Reveal About ACHD
In this webinar, courtesy of Children's Hospital Wisconsin, Medical Geneticist, Dr.Gabrielle Geddes, discusses general genetic concepts, genetic causes of CHD available testing, and reasons one might consider being tested. Watch to learn more about genetics and CHD.
Managing Your Care
Top 10 Things to Remember as an Adult with CHD
There is no cure for CHD. Even if you are feeling well, it is important to be aware of these key details about your health.
2018 AHA/ACC Guideline for the Management of Adults with Congenital Heart Disease
In 2018, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology released an update to the 2008 guidelines to care for adults with congenital heart disease. This update includes a new classification system for specific lesions, as well as the recommended components of a comprehensive ACHD program. Follow this link to a pdf of the complete guidelines.
Congenital Heart Disease Clinic Directory
The American College of Cardiology provides the ACC Congenital Heart Disease Clinic Directory as a service to patients, families and providers to find specialty congenital heart disease care. This directory allows users to search - by name or location - for services, centers, and cardiovascular specialists in pediatric cardiology and adult congenital heart disease.
ACHA Clinic Directory
Travel with confidence knowing where the nearest specialty clinic is located.
ACHA Personal Health Passport
Keep your necessary medical information in your purse or pocket by recording it in this booklet.
Understanding Health Insurance for College Students & New Grads
The current health insurance system in the U.S. can be a complicated system to navigate, so this guide is designed to help students understand staying on their parents plan, the Affordable Care Act, how to choose the right plan, and common insurance terms that every patient should understand.
School and Work
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Fact Sheet
As adults, we can't have our parents call us in sick to school when we have extended medical needs or family to take care of, but we may not be eligible for extended disability leave from work. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) could be a good option for you, if you or your loved one need more than a couple days off of work to manage a medical issue. Below find details on what and who FMLA covers.
20 Scholarships for Students with Health Conditions
This guide provides a look at some scholarships available for students with medical conditions, as well as advice on how to win them. While several cover other conditions some do pertain to those with CHD. *Please note, this resource is not maintained by PCHA, scholarship info is updated by a third party.
Social Security Disability Benefits – Adults
The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers monthly resources for people who cannot work. While a CHD does not automatically qualify, thousands of adults may be eligible.
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