We are the combination of four hospitals: the General Hospital, the Children’s Hospital, the Women’s Hospital and the Traumatology, Rehabilitation and Burns Hospital. We are part of the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus: a world-leading health park where healthcare plays a crucial role.
Below we will list the departments and units that form part of Vall d’Hebron Hospital and the main diseases that we treat. We will also make recommendations based on advice backed up by scientific evidence that has been shown to be effective in guaranteeing well-being and quality of life.
We will guide you from your first visit to the centre, allowing you to find all the departments and make the most of our facilities. Whatever the reason for your visit, we will explain how to get about the hospital.
Adult congenital heart diseases are pathologies that are caused by heart defects, and they are usually diagnosed during childhood. These patients are closely monitored by the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Unit (UCCA) starting from the time of their diagnosis.
The symptoms of these pathologies vary widely, depending on the structure(s) affected. They are often highly complex pathologies that involve, in addition to the malformation, a haemodynamic situation that’s different from the physiological situation and that limits or disrupts the patients’ lives.
These illnesses are present in patients from birth, even though they are sometimes not diagnosed until adulthood.
The diagnosis of these disorders is highly variable, depending on the type. However, they require, in addition to a correct medical history and physical examination, heart imaging tests such as an echocardiogram (transthoracic or transoesophageal), MRI, CT angiography, or other diagnostic tests such as cardiac catheterisation.
Medical treatment is important to improve the symptoms of these affected patients. However, most of them require one or more corrective surgeries at some point in their lives.
There is no way to prevent a congenital heart defect. In recent years, however, the focus has been on developing prenatal diagnostic techniques.
The Cardiac Surgery Department and the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Unit within the Cardiology Department work in collaboration.
Congenital Heart Disease in Adolescents and Adults
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