Adult Congenital Heart Disease: A Practical Guide

Adult Congenital Heart Disease: A Practical Guide

Editor(s): Michael A. Gatzoulis, Lorna Swan, Judith Therrien, George A. Pantely

Published Online: 26 NOV 2007

Print ISBN: 9780727916686

Online ISBN: 9780470750544

DOI: 10.1002/9780470750544

About this Book

Congenital heart disease with its worldwide incidence of 1% is the most common inborn defect. Increasingly, patients are living into adulthood, with ongoing congenital heart and other medical needs. Sadly, only a small minority have specialist follow-up. However, all patients see their family doctor and may also seek advice from other health professionals.


This practical guide with its straightforward a,b,c approach is written for those professionals.


Special features of this book:

• Introduces the principles of congenital heart disease and tells you whom and when to refer for specialist care
• Discusses common congenital heart lesions in a practical, easy-to-follow way, with an emphasis on diagnosis and management issues
• Includes an extensive chapter on 'Pregnancy and Contraception' (by Philip J. Steer), essential both for family planning and for managing safely the pregnant woman with congenital heart disease
• Includes chapters on non-cardiac surgery and lifestyle issues such as work, insurability, travel and driving
• Provides invaluable information on dealing with common emergencies; what to do and what not to do


With a wealth of illustrations (including diagrams, EKGs, CXRs, Echos and cardiac MRIs) and with key point tables, this is an essential guide for all health care professionals managing patients with adult congenital heart disease.

Table of contents

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  1. Part 1: General Principles

  2. Part 2: Common Lesions

  3. Part 3: Emergencies And Special Situations

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