Psychological Outcomes and Interventions for Individuals with Congenital Heart Disease

Published: July 14, 2022

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  • The lifetime prevalence of depression and anxiety in those with congenital heart disease (CHD) is as high as 50% and has been associated with higher medical costs in addition to greater morbidity and mortality.
  • This statement summarizes the psychological outcomes of patients with CHD across the lifespan and reviews age-appropriate mental health interventions including psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy.
  • The goal of this statement to serve as a catalyst to spur efforts for large-scale research studies examining psychological experiences, outcomes, and interventions tailored to this population and for integrating mental health professionals within CHD interdisciplinary teams to implement a care model that offers patients the best possible quality of life.