Many patients have been operated during childhood, but will need livelong medical care for residual lesions, heart failure or the development of cardiac arrhythmias. Some will undergo repeated operations of percutaneous cardiac interventions.
Adult congenital cardiac care is provided in close collaboration with the departments of Pediatric Cardiology and (congenital) Cardiothoracic Surgery. Outpatient care takes place in the 'one-stop-shop' format.
Radboudumc's Heartlung Center offers the complete care for adults with congenital heart disease. As treatment possibilities for children with congenital heart disease have markedly increased in the last decennia, 85% of these children reach adulthood.