Adult congenital heart disease: Eisenmenger syndrome

Adult congenital heart disease: Eisenmenger syndrome

Mayo Clinic congenital heart disease expert, Naser M. Ammash, M.D., discusses Eisenmenger Syndrome. For more information on adult congenital heart disease, Eisenmenger syndrome or to request an appointment, visit here.

Eisenmenger syndrome is a complex, multisystem congenital heart disease typically found in adults. Ventricular septal defect is the most common cause of Eisenmenger syndrome; however, atrial septal defect, atrioventricular canal defect or patent ductus arteriosus also can be the source.

People with Eisenmenger syndrome should avoid salt, smoking, high altitude, strenuous exercise, competitive sports and pregnancy. Follow-up testing is important to ensure a proper course of treatment and management.

Video content outline:

  • Introduction
  • What is Eisenmenger syndrome? (0:18)
  • What causes Eisenmenger syndrome? (1:55)
  • Hemostasis abnormalities (4:57)
  • Hemoptysis in Eisenmenger syndrome (5:26)
    • Hemoptysis management (6:33)
  • Renal dysfunction in people with Eisenmenger syndrome (7:31)
  • Musculoskeletal complications (9:44)
  • Patient education (16:38)
  • Conclusion (19:05)

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