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University Hospitals Offers Coordinated Care for Adults with Congenital Heart Disease

Congenital heart disease is very different from other heart problems that affect adults. In fact, adolescents and adults with congenital heart disease have different treatment considerations, particularly when they develop an acquired disease, both heart-related and non-heart-related.

Experts report that survival rates in congenital heart disease patients begin to decrease after age 18, and the shortage of dedicated care is one of the main reasons why. To meet these distinct needs, the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center at University Hospitals offers specialty care for patients with adult congenital heart disease in a dedicated setting. We have combined the essential resources and clinical teams from both the pediatric and adult divisions in an effective way, to provide patients with seamless care throughout their lifetime.

Special Certification in Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Our center is dedicated to meeting the needs of patients through a team that includes board-certified adult congenital heart disease cardiologists. Across the U.S., it has been shown that board-certified specialists with formal training in the specific clinical field improve patient outcomes and can actually extend the lives of many patients with adult congenital heart disease.

The American Board of Internal Medicine, in a first-time partnership with the American Board of Pediatrics, has introduced a new board certification in adult congenital heart disease to help overcome the shortage of appropriately trained specialists in this field. The UH team includes experts who are among the first group of physicians to be board-certified in this specialty.

Multidisciplinary Approach to Care

At UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute’s Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center, we provide the most advanced diagnostics, procedures and treatments available for adults with congenital heart disease. We offer board-certified specialists with formal training in adult congenital heart disease, along with our full team of pediatric and adult cardiologists, cardiac interventionalists and cardiothoracic surgeons.

Our highly trained team includes:

  • Pediatric cardiologists
  • Congenital cardiothoracic surgeons
  • Electrophysiologists
  • Interventionalists
  • Cardiac intensivists
  • Maternal fetal medicine specialists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Radiologists
  • Cardiac anesthesiologists
  • Dietitians/nutritionists

Also, the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center team includes highly trained cardiac nurse practitioners, nurses and social workers who understand the unique mental and emotional health challenges of patients with adult congenital heart disease. This specially trained team offers expert guidance on activities of daily living such as school and work, but also planning and preparation for important phases of life such as starting a family and seeking individual insurance coverage.

Infection Prevention and Dental Care

Improper dental care can increase the chance of endocarditis, a serious infection of the inner lining of the heart, and other heart issues. This is more likely to happen if there are areas in your heart that are abnormal, as with certain forms of adult congenital heart disease. Our board-certified physicians provide leading-edge care for the whole person, offering important education on the necessity of daily dental care and how it affects heart health. Additionally, we urge patients to receive regular cleanings and exams at their dentist and to take preventive antibiotics, if needed, to prevent infection.

Collaborating with Your Physician

Using the most up-to-date congenital heart disease research, we evaluate patients and work with their primary care physicians to best meet each patient’s specific needs. After a comprehensive evaluation, including leading-edge tests and the latest imaging analysis available, primary care physicians receive a complete report on the patient’s diagnosis and recommended treatments.

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Schedule your appointment with a heart or vascular specialist at University Hospitals:

Office appointment with a cardiologist or vascular surgeon
216-844-3800 or
1-866-UH4-CARE (1-866-844-2273)

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