Lectures from Snowmass: Congenital Heart Disease Mistakes
This presentation was originally made during a live ACC program entitled "Cardiovascular Conference at Snowmass: Contemporary Approaches to Clinical Care," which took place on January 16-20, 2016. In this lecture, Dr. Carole Warnes addresses mistakes in the diagnosis and management of contemporary congenital heart disease. One and one-half million adults are living with congenital heart disease in the United States, due to the success of cardiac surgery. These adults need follow up care in a special center; otherwise, significant mistakes in their care could be made.
Some of the mistakes commonly seen are:
- Cyanotic heart disease.
- Failure to diagnose congenital heart disease in the adult, particularly as the physical exam is not always consistent with the echocardiogram.
- Limited knowledge of the sequelae in a patient that has had surgery for congenital heart disease.
- Late referral and mistakes in management.
Dr. Warnes uses patient cases to demonstrate these common errors.
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