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Adult Congenital Heart Disease Treatments

Congenital heart defects are structural abnormalities in the heart or the blood vessels surrounding the heart that are present at birth. Although most lead full and active lives, many adults with congenital heart disease have unique medical challenges. There are over 30 forms of congenital heart disease and it can be difficult for adult patients to find cardiologists familiar with their unusual cardiac anatomy and the complex medical issues that can be associated with it.

Common Congenital Heart Disease

  • Congenital Valve Defects
  • Atrial Septal Defect
  • Ventricular Septal Defect
  • Patent Foramen Ovale
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Anomalous Pulmonary Veins
  • Coarctation of the Aorta (CoA)
  • Ebstein Anomaly
  • Pulmonary Artery Stenosis
  • Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
  • Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA)3

Team Approach

Our multidisciplinary team provides a fully integrated approach to the treatment of all types of congenital heart disease. The program includes physicians with expertise in adult and pediatric cardiac imaging, interventional cardiac catheterization, interventional electrophysiology, complex congenital heart surgery, pulmonary hypertension and heart transplantation. Our dedicated nurse practitioner ensures patient-centered care.

Patient and Family Resources

Managing a Lifelong Condition

It was once assumed that if a childhood heart defect was successfully repaired, no further intervention would be needed. However, as patients reach adulthood, many develop previously unforeseen problems associated with their early surgeries. Complications of early heart repairs can develop gradually over time - often without clear symptoms - and many patients remain unaware that a serious problem may exist.

Experts now recommend that anyone diagnosed with congenital heart disease get regular check-ups by a specialist in adult congenital heart disease to ensure that their heart is functioning well and to determine whether any further treatment may be necessary.

For many people, a diagnosis may not be made until adulthood. The affects of aging and acquired heart disease are experienced very differently in people with congenital abnormalities and require unique and specialized care.

Evaluation and Management

Comprehensive services address the unique and long-term needs of teens, adults and the elderly living with congenital heart disease.

Non-surgical Treatments

Our high-volume center applies catheter-based techniques to close holes and open blocked valves and blood vessel obstructions that once required surgical intervention.

Surgical Treatments

When minimally invasive treatments are not appropriate, our adult congenital surgical team performs surgery using small incisions whenever possible.

Patients also have seamless access to specialists in:

  • Maternal and Fetal Medicine
  • Genetics
  • Nephrology
  • Hematology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Nutrition
  • Social Services and Counseling

Easing the Transition from Pediatric to Adult Care

The program serves as a vital link for adolescents transitioning care from their pediatric cardiologists. This natural shift ushers patients through critical growth phases with the expertise of both pediatric and adult cardiac specialists.

Our team cares for patients over the age of 18 with congenital heart disease, regardless of the age they were diagnosed or where they may have had previous surgical repair or other treatments.

Patient Stories

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