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Saint Thomas Heart

Adult Congenital Surgery

A new subspecialty within cardiology has developed as the number of adults with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) is now greater than the number of babies born with CHD. This is the result of the advances in diagnostic procedures and treatment interventions with children with heart problems that have been made since 1945. Today, more than 85 percent of children born with congenital heart disease can expect to reach adult age.

At Saint Thomas Heart, we offer adults with congenital heart disease a lifelong relationship with a cardiologist. We can provide heart surgery, if needed, to adults who have had operations as children and need further intervention, and to adults who have a new diagnosis of congenital heart disease.

Common procedures include replacement of the pulmonary valve, closure of atrial septal defects and repair of anomalous pulmonary veins, aortic valve surgery, pacemaker placement, repair of coarctation of the aorta, and mitral valve repair/replacement.

Our program includes experts in pediatric and adult congenital heart disease. Our adult congenital heart services include diagnostic tests and recommendations regarding medical treatment and interventions (both catheter-based and surgical), non-cardiac surgery, pre-conception counseling, pregnancy, and exercise.

In collaboration with a primary care physician and a cardiologist, adults have access to experienced congenital cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, therapeutic interventional cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology procedures, non-invasive diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation services and genetic counseling.

Services available to patients with adult congenital heart disease include:

  • Minimally invasive, limited incision repair of congenital defects
  • Reoperative procedures for correction of progressive congenital heart disease
  • Combined heart and lung transplantation for end-stage congenital heart disease