Age Distribution of the Patients in 2018

The proportion of adult patients for inpatient therapy (surgery, diagnostic cardiac catheter or interventional cardiac catheter) is between 15 and 25%. Only in the outpatient sector is this share almost 50%, which again underlines that patients with congenital heart defects in adulthood have a high need for specialized interdisciplinary care. As a certified supraregional centre with special expertise for the treatment of these EMAH patients (EMAH = adults with congenital heart defects), we represent an important component in the medical care of these frequently multimorbid patients. For 8 years now, we have been a supra-regional centre of excellence for adults with congenital heart defects certified by the specialist societies DGPK, DGK and DGTHG.

Age Distribution of the Patients (1990-2018) in Percent

The trend towards shifting more and more diagnostics and therapy from school age to the outpatient sector can be seen in the figures. Ideally, all heart defects to be corrected will have been operated on by the time they reach school age, so that in addition to the need for possible in-patient follow-up treatment, out-patient care is clearly in the foreground. This trend remains well understandable into middle adulthood. From the age of 50 there is a renewed increase in the need for inpatient care, which is accompanied by an increase in the disease intensity of adults with congenital heart defects (EMAH), especially those with complex or multiple pre-operated heart defects.