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Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Symposium

Date of Online Release: April 21, 2008
Recent Review: June 2014
Termination Date: December 1, 2014 
Credits: 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
See link to Course Materials below.

CME Information - Overview

Over the past 60 years, advances in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of congenital heart disease have greatly improved patients’ postoperative survival. These advances have resulted in a burgeoning population of patients now living with adult congenital heart disease (ACHD). In the United States, their number is nearing 1 million, and increasing rapidly.

Patients with ACHD present with special clinical needs. Adult cardiologists may be unfamiliar with the altered cardiac anatomy and physiology of a patient who underwent repair of a complex congenital defect, whereas pediatric cardiologists may be unfamiliar with the finer points in diagnosis and management of adult diseases, such as coronary artery disease and diabetes, which are often superimposed upon existing congenital heart disease. Consequently, the smooth transfer of patients with congenital heart disease from pediatric to adult care is often difficult to accomplish.

This symposium reviews problems and issues related to the more common forms of ACHD, including natural history, methods of diagnosis and treatment outcomes, functional results of congenital heart surgery, and the management of arrhythmias and congestive heart failure.

Educational Objectives
The intended result of this activity is increased knowledge. At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to—

  • Discuss the types of congenital heart defects seen in adults and understand how the management of these patients has changed in recent years.
  • Explain the substrates and treatment of potentially life-threatening arrhythmias in adults who have undergone palliative surgical therapy for complex congenital heart disease.
  • Describe the surgical management strategies for previously palliated adult patients.
  • Recognize some of the specific challenges involved in the care of adults with congenital heart disease including complicated anatomy, common complications seen in postoperative patients, and issues relating to pregnancy and contraception.
  • Recognize outcomes measures used in interventional catheterization procedures for ACHD, and apply this knowledge to improve functional ability and life survival for these patients.
  • Compare treatment outcomes for ACHD patients with congestive heart failure including systemic right ventricular dysfunction.
  • Discuss the incidence and clinical symptoms of coronary anomalies in ACHD patients.

Target Audience
The intended audience for this continuing medical education activity includes adult and pediatric cardiologists who care for adult patients with congenital heart disease, nurse practitioners, and clinical researchers with an interest in congenital heart disease.

Method of Instruction / Participation
This enduring material comprises slide sets with text and audio derived from a live symposium with post activity assessment and evaluation.

Evaluation / Feedback
We value your comments; please send your suggestions and comments to the office of continuing medical education at Texas Heart Institute.

Program Director

 Wayne J. Franklin, MD

Wayne J. Franklin, MD
Director, Texas Adult Congenital Heart Center
Baylor College of Medicine / Texas Heart Institute /
Texas Children's Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Sections of Adult and Pediatric Cardiology
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas


Acknowledgement of Support
We acknowledge the following for their support of the live event from which this activity was derived: Gilead Sciences, Inc., Medtronic, Inc., and St. Jude Medical. No grants were received for the production of these enduring materials.


Texas Heart Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Texas Heart Institute designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The estimated time to complete this activity, including review of the materials is 3 hours.

Repurposing Statement
If you previously completed and received credit for the CME-sponsored symposium entitled Adult Congenital Heart Disease, please note that you will not receive credit for completing this activity. Participants who take part in an identical activity, even in order to validate learning or to clarify specific topics, cannot claim, nor will the Texas Heart Institute award, duplicate credit for the activity.

Disclosure of Relationships / Faculty Disclosure
It is the intent of the Texas Heart Institute to ensure that its educational mission and its continuing medical activities in particular, should not be influenced by the special interests of individuals associated with its program. 

Faculty Disclosure
In accordance with the guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, faculty members have disclosed their relationships, either with one or more of the manufacturers of commercial products discussed, or with one or more of the corporate organizations offering educational grants for the live continuing medical education activity.

Each faculty disclosure statement is posted in the individual presenter's slide presentation.

The program director, Wayne J. Franklin, MD, is on the speakers bureau of Actelion. Peer reviewer, Patrick J. Hogan, MD has nothing to disclose relevant to this program.

Course Materials and CME Credit 

This enduring material comprises 6 presentations. By clicking on the course materials link below, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the CME information provided above. After viewing all presentations, you may complete an assessment and evaluation to obtain CME credit for this activity.

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