Overview of the Intensive Care of the Adult with Congenital Heart Disease
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There are now more adults than children living with congenital heart disease, many of whom have moderately to severely complex defects. As a group, these patients are hospitalized more than the general population, and many require intensive care. Adults with congenital heart disease are a highly variable group of patients, many of whom have antecedent chronic medical problems that may complicate or be complicated by critical illness, such as congestive hepatopathy and hepatic disease, renal impairment, arrhythmia, coagulopathy, and thrombosis. The intensive care team, whether in a children’s or adult hospital, needs to be prepared to handle this growing population of patients.
KeywordsAdult congenital heart disease ACHD Intensive care unit ICU Hepatic disease Renal impairment Arrhythmia Coagulopathy Thrombosis
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