Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program
We also provide pediatric cardiology services to patients in Abliene, TX at the Abilene Regional Medical Center Heart & Vascular Institute (325) 428-2900.
It’s common to think that congenital heart defects only affect children. The truth is, when these children become adults they’re still at risk for certain heart conditions even if they had corrective surgery as a child. Also adults with congenital heart defects can experience common health conditions such as pregnancy differently and often require specialized care.
The good news is that the best care for your condition may be right here at Children’s Health℠. We have unique expertise in caring for the lifelong needs of adults with congenital heart defects.
Why Children’s Health℠?
Partnering with the world-renowned specialists at UT Southwestern and Clements University Hospital, Children’s offers an array of services to help our congenital heart patients thrive in adulthood. In fact, the Adult Congenital Heart Association has recognized us as a Center of Excellence.
Conditions We Treat
We provide care, consultative services and support to adults with all types of congenital heart disease, including:
- Aortic stenosis
- Atrial septal defect
- Coarctation of the aorta
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
- Long QT syndrome
- Mitral stenosis
- Patent ductus arteriosus
- Tetralogy of Fallot
- Transposition of the great arteries
- Tricuspid atresia
- Ventricular septal defect
- Specialized adult care: As an adult with congenital heart disease, you have unique needs that may not be well understood. We have experience addressing barriers that can get in the way of getting the specialized care you need.
- Team approach: A team of specialists in pediatric and adult cardiology who are specially trained in the complex structures and functioning of your heart work together to develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. You may receive treatment either at Children’s or Clements Hospital based on what’s best for your condition.
- Expert surgeons: You can relax knowing that if you need surgery at Children’s Health, we are ready to care for you. From specially trained anesthesiologists to appropriately sized surgical tools, we deliver the best possible care to our adult patients.
- Experience: We have a high degree of experience caring for adults. In fact, nearly 15 percent of the 1,000 cardiac catheterization procedures we perform every year are on adult patients.
- Care that meets your needs: Not every adult with a congenital heart defect needs care at Children’s. If you are at low risk for complications we help transition you to an adult care practice. Working as a team with your preferred cardiologist, we discuss your needs and let you know what to expect. You can always come back to Children’s if your condition changes.
- We care for all your needs. The adult congenital heart defect team includes social workers, financial counselors and nurse practitioners who can help plan for non-medical needs, such as transportation and financial assistance.
It’s not easy taking care of yourself when you have a chronic health condition. Experts at the Heart Center are here to help. In many cases, the same doctors have been caring for our adult patients since they were small children. Even if you are new to Children’s, we offer comprehensive care and support tailored to the unique needs of adults with congenital heart defects:
- Follow-up care and treatments: Revising old repairs such as leaky valves that can occur as a result of conditions such as tetralogy of Fallot
- Transition to adult care: Working with young adults who are at low risk for complications to seamlessly transition them to an adult cardiology practice
- First-time treatment: Surgery to repair defects diagnosed in adulthood
- Health and lifestyle guidance: Expert support and recommendations for exercise and family planning
- Information and counseling: Help from nurses and social workers in taking care of yourself and knowing when to get help for potential complications
- Support: Help and guidance for things like getting insurance and finding employment to support your independent lifestyle