Adult Congenital Heart Disease
At Children’s Heart Center—an alliance between Mount Sinai and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)—we have world-class specialists in adult congenital heart disease (ACHD). Our ACHD specialists are skilled in both congenital heart defects, and the problems adults with these defects face.
There have been many improvements in surgical and medical care for patients with congenital heart disease over the years. Today, there are more adults than children who are living with congenital heart disease. Adult congenital heart patients have special needs that require a certain expertise, and team-based approach. The ACHD specialists at Children’s Heart Center are the experts these patients need.
So that you or your child can see our specialists as soon as possible, you can make appointments online or on the phone.
Treating Adults with Congenital Heart Disease
Our ACHD doctors work closely with interventional cardiologists, heart rhythm specialists, heart failure specialists, and heart surgeons to take the best care of you. We work with you and your primary doctors to create a personal treatment plan.
With modern medical advances, many women with congenital heart disease are able to complete successful pregnancies. However, with certain diseases, pregnancy and delivery may be risky. Our ACHD specialists work with obstetrician/gynecologists (OBGYN) and maternal-fetal-medicine (MFM) specialists closely to determine a patient’s risks during pregnancy. We then develop a pregnancy and delivery plan to produce the best possible outcome: a healthy mother and baby.
Conditions We Treat
At Children’s Heart Center, we treat all conditions and adult congenital heart defects. Some specific conditions that are common in adult patients with congenital heart disease include:
- Atrial septal defect
- Arrhythmia – pacemaker management
- Aortic coarctation
- Heart failure
- Pregnancy in mothers with congenital heart disease
- Tetralogy of fallot
- Transposition of the great arteries
- Single ventricle defects
Caring for Your Child Becoming an Adult
What do you do as your child who has a congenital heart defect grows up? Children’s Heart Center can help with the transition of care from child to adult.
When your child is a teenager, we may start transitioning care from a pediatric cardiologist to an ACHD specialist. This transition is a gradual one. Our goal is to ensure that your child receives lifelong care for congenital heart disease. We educate your teenager about their condition so they know their hearts and how to care for them when they become adults.
Our Alliance with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Through our alliance with CHOP, we can connect you with the congenital heart defect experts at CHOP and who work with teenagers and adults. We can also directly connect you with specialists at CHOP if you would like a second opinion.
Our doctors and CHOP specialists share a passion for the treatment of adult congenital heart disease. The experts in New York and Philadelphia can now share research and discuss new types of treatment options to benefit patient outcomes.
Why Choose Children’s Heart Center
At Children’s Heart Center, we use a team based approach to medicine. Our cardiologists work with a variety of cardiac specialists to address complex medical issues. These specialties include:
- Advanced cardiac imaging
- Congenital heart surgery
- Heart failure
- Interventional cardiologists
Our cardiologists work closely with Mount Sinai’s adult cardiology department. Mount Sinai has one of the top adult cardiology programs in the country. Because of our relationship with Mount Sinai’s surgical and interventional doctors, we can consult with world-class specialists immediately.
Children’s Heart Center offers outstanding support services for you and your family. Our social workers and counselors provide emotional support and tips for healthy living. In addition, our staff and doctors are always available to answer your questions.
At Children’s Heart Center, we are with you for life.