Providing a smooth transition for children to adult congenital cardiology care
The UI Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic (ACHD) provides comprehensive, specialized care for adults living with congenital heart disease. Since 1982, our clinic has provided a smooth transition for children to adult cardiology care with continuity of staff and facilities. Our patients require lifelong cardiac care by specialists who understand the complicated, unique anatomy of their hearts, and know the latest method for follow-up and treatment. Our specialists are familiar with the complex problems adults may face such as the need for surgical revision, catheterization and intervention, rhythm disturbances, and exercise limitations.
Services provided by the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic include:
- Pregnancy counseling/fetal echocardiograms
- Care of patients with connective tissue disorders and dilated aortas
- Treatment of rhythm disturbances/pacemakers
- Exercise, nutrition, and preventive cardiology counseling
- Assessment for noncardiac surgery
- Cardiac catheterization and interventions; nonsurgical percutaneous valve placement, stents placement, septal occluders, and other types of interventions.
- Referral for state of the art surgical treatment and postoperative intensive care at UI Hospitals & Clinics.
There are approximately one million adults living with congenital heart disease in the United States, surpassing the number of children.