Updated Guidance For Treating ACHD Patients Released

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The ACC and the American Heart Association have released an updated guideline for the management of adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) patients. The 2018 AHA/ACC Guideline for the Management of Adults With Congenital Heart Disease, published Aug. 16 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, replaces the original guideline published in 2008, and incorporates new data and growing ACHD expertise.

Specifically, the guideline presents a new classification system for ACHD patients that retains the traditional classification based on the structural complexity of the disease while taking into account the patient’s functional status and other factors, including the presence of cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular problems. Read more on ACC.org.

Check out the College’s ACHD Guideline resources including the Guidelines Made Simple Tool, Key Points to Remember, Eagle’s Eye View Podcast, and a CardioSmart CHD Infographic for patients. Find all of these resources and more on the ACHD Guideline hub on ACC.org, as well as the JACC ACHD Guideline hub.