Psychological Outcomes and Interventions for Individuals with Congenital Heart Disease
Published: July 14, 2022
- 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.
- Commentary: Mental Health Across the Lifespan in Congenital Heart Disease: Unmet Needs and a Call to Action by Jane W. Newburger, MD, MPH
- Top Things to Know: Psychological Outcomes and Interventions for Individuals with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD)
- Psychological Aspects of Congenital Heart Disease: Information for Patients and Families (PDF)
- 2018 Guideline for the Management of Adults With Congenital Heart Disease
- 2015 Congenital Heart Disease in the Older Adult
- 2012 Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Children With Congenital Heart Disease: Evaluation and Management
- 2011 Best Practices in Managing Transition to Adulthood for Adolescents With CHD
- Monitoring of Children and Adolescents With Heart Disease Receiving Medications for ADHD