Adult Congenital Heart Disease Integrated Services at University Hospitals
The population of adults with congenital heart disease is growing. However, many patients are missing the follow-up care that is critical in adulthood. The goal of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center at University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute is to provide a broad range of integrated services to meet the multifaceted needs of those with adult congenital heart disease. Our board-certified experts are committed to a collaboration with pediatric and adult cardiologists to greatly optimize the quality and longevity of life for all adult congenital heart disease patients, including:
- Leading-edge procedures and treatments
- Managing high-risk pregnancies
- Transitioning adolescents to adult care
Collaborative Care for Pregnant Women
To reduce risks during pregnancy, specialists at the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center work alongside specially trained maternal fetal medicine experts at University Hospitals to care for pregnant women with adult congenital heart disease. Together, we provide women with expert obstetric care from an experienced team knowledgeable about a variety of heart conditions and the possible effects of pregnancy on those conditions. ACHD patients have access to the pre-conception planning clinic at University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital to optimize the patient’s health and select medications that can improve outcomes for mother and baby. We also offer counseling about various forms of contraception deemed safe for high-risk congenital heart disease patients.
Transitional Program for Adolescents
The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center provides an exclusive educational program for adolescents as they shift from pediatric heart care to adult congenital heart care, working closely with the congenital heart experts at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital’s Congenital Heart Collaborative. We offer adolescents with congenital heart disease ongoing education about the importance of engaging in a lifetime of specialized heart care, as well as making positive lifestyle choices to optimize long-term cardiovascular health. We believe that most adolescents treated for congenital heart disease will lead a full adult life with proper follow-up and treatment.