Mid-Atlantic Cardiothoracic Surgeons

Sentara Heart Hospital, 6th Floor • 600 Gresham Drive, Suite 8600
Norfolk, VA • 757.388.6005
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Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery

Congenital heart disease is a type of defect in one or more structures of the heart or blood vessels that occur before birth.

  • Congenital heart defects occur while the fetus is developing in the uterus.
  • They affect 8 to 10 out of every 1,000 children.
  • Congenital heart defects may produce symptoms at birth, during childhood and sometimes not until adulthood.
  • About 500,000 adults in the United States have grown into adulthood with congenital heart disease. This number increases by about 20,000 each year.

Congenital heart defects may be diagnosed before birth, right after birth, during childhood or not until adulthood. It is possible to have a defect and no symptoms at all. In adults, if symptoms of congenital heart disease are present, they may include:

  • shortness of breath
  • poor exercise tolerance

Surgeries for adult congenital cardiac surgery include:

  • Atrial Septal Defect Repair — is to repair a hole in the wall between the two upper chambers of your heart. The condition is present from birth (congenital).
  • Patent Foramen Ovale Repair — is a procedure to close the flap in the wall of the atrial septum, also called a patent foramen ovale.r
  • Ventricular Septal Defect Repair — involves plugging or patching the abnormal opening between the ventricles. The condition is present from birth (congenital).

Adults who had congenital cardiac surgery as children and require repair/revision:

Mid-Atlantic Cardiothoracic Surgeons offers highly customized treatment for patients who need follow-up surgery.