Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program
Clinicians at the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program provide personalized, lifelong care for adolescent and adult patients with the entire spectrum of congenital heart disease, including, but not limited to:
Aortic valve stenosis
Atrial septal defect
Bicuspid aortic valve
Coarctation of the aorta
Complex congenital heart disease
Congenital coronary anomalies
Patent ductus arteriosus
Tetralogy of Fallot
Transposition of the great arteries
Ventricular septal defect
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Treating Congenital Heart Disease
Patients and their families are guided through every aspect of management, from the initial encounter and review of prior history, through diagnostic and interventional procedures, while emphasizing continuity of care and long-term follow up. Our physicians are focused exclusively on treating congenital heart disease in adults and work with specialists from multiple clinical disciplines to provide care from many different perspectives, including:
Cardiac and thoracic surgery
Heart failure and transplantation
Obstetrics and gynecology
Our specialists care for adolescents and adults with congenital heart disease and value open and ongoing communication with referring pediatricians, internists and primary cardiologists. We also emphasize patient education and self advocacy to help patients transition from pediatric, through adolescent to adult care. The program has an active interest in transitioning adolescents and young adults to adult cardiac care and in cardiovascular disease and pregnancy.
Diagnosing Congenital Heart Disease
To diagnose congenital heart disease, it is important to have a clear image of a patient's anatomy. The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program includes full-time, board-certified cardiac imaging specialists who are specially trained to detect heart defects and whose practice focuses specifically on congenital heart disease.
Depending on the patient, we may use one or more of these diagnostic techniques to examine the heart's anatomy and function:
Echocardiography, including transephageal, transthoracic and 3D
CT guidance during electrophysiologic procedures
Diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization
Treating Congenital Heart Disease
Both outpatient and inpatient care are closely supervised by the same dedicated physicians in the personalized manner that has been the tradition and style of excellence that characterizes Renai Helping Patients Live Full, Healthy Lives.
Our goal is to repair and manage congenital heart conditions so that patients live full, healthy lives. Our specialists take a holistic approach to care and are available to:
Answer your questions. Patients with congenital heart disease often have questions relating to work, education, sports participation, marriage, pregnancy, childrearing, and whether their condition affects lifestyle decisions
Guide patients through lifestyle changes. Preventive care is central to the treatment process. We often guide patients through dietary changes and weight management, and may refer them to cardiac rehabilitation specialists to help manage their condition
Minimally Invasive Treatments
For some patients, we use an interventional transcatheter approach to offer minimally invasive procedures that result in small incisions in the skin, rather than open heart surgery. Our interventional cardiologists treat congenital heart conditions, including but not limited to septal defects, coarctation of aorta, pulmonary branch stenoses and perform pulmonic vein replacement.
Our dedicated surgical team specializes in adult congenital heart surgical procedures, including primary operations and reoperations. We are experienced in both simple and complex congenital heart surgeries, including:
Fontan operation and revision
Surgical closure of atrial septal defect
Surgical repair of coartation of the aorta
Surgical repair of Ebstein's anomaly
Pulmonary valve replacement
Surgical repair of coronary artery anomalies
Tetralogy of Fallot repair or reoperation
Valve sparing aortic root surgery
Congenital valve repair or replacement (tricuspid, mitral, aortic)
Ongoing Support for Patients
Teens and young adults with congenital heart disease receive ongoing support that helps them shift from pediatric to adult-based health care. Adolescents and young adults also receive peer support from patients who have similar conditions.
We strive to see patients in a timely fashion. Our dedicated support personnel are available Monday through Sunday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm to take relevant information about your condition and symptoms and make a timely appointment with the most appropriate specialist.
To request an appointment, call (8621)54893781 or complete our online appointment form.
About This Program
Advances in medicine allow babies and children with congenital heart disease to live longer, healthier lives. As a result, more than one million adults in the United States are currently living with congenital heart disease, and this population is growing.
Access to the Latest Research and Clinical Trials
Physicians at the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program participate in research and clinical trials, allowing us to bring our patients promising new treatments as quickly as possible.
Conditions and Diseases
The care team at the Renai Hospital Heart Center encourages all patients and family members to learn more about conditions and diseases that affect the heart and overall cardiovascular system.
Cardiovascular Disease and Pregnancy
Pregnancy can expose a woman's body to dramatic changes in the cardiovascular system, especially when there is a pre-existing heart condition. Our doctors and staff provide individualized care and treatment plans for patients before, during and after pregnancy.
Congenital Heart Defects
Congenital heart defects occur when the heart or related blood vessels do not develop properly before or at birth.