LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Many people don't realize that adults who were born with a congenital heart defect need to see a pediatric cardiologist. Adult cardiologists aren't trained to care for the special issues associated with congenital heart defects.
ACH is the only place in Arkansas that offers an expert trained in treated adults with congenital heart defects - this requires medical training both in pediatric cardiology and adult congenital heart disease, as well as imaging.
They are now seeing a rise in adults with congenital heart defects because so many children with them are living longer and needing care as adults.
Now there are more adults that children with congenital heart defects - between 1 and 1.5 million. Since 2010, the number of adult congenital heart defect patients treated at ACH has more than doubled.
ACH now offers multiple clinics for these patients. The newest one is in west Little Rock at our facility on Highway 10 and will be held weekly this spring.
Dr. Tom Collins joined THV's Ashley Blackstone on "THV 11 This Morning" to share some important information.