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To keep your heart as healthy as possible and prevent complications of ACHD:

  • Eat a well-balanced, nutritious diet of heart-healthy foods.
  • Exercise regularly (but only with your cardiologist’s approval).
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • See a cardiologist regularly throughout your life to monitor and manage ACHD and detect any complications.
  • Tell all of your healthcare providers about the heart defect, all medications you take and what surgeries you’ve had.
  • Understand the specific type of heart defect you have and what the possible complications are.
  • If you plan to become pregnant, talk to your cardiologist, obstetrician and primary care doctor well in advance. They will help you understand and manage the risks throughout your pregnancy.
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