Adult cardiologists may be unfamiliar with the altered cardiac anatomy and physiology of an adult patient who underwent a complex congenital heart defect surgery as a child. Conversely, a pediatric cardiologist may be unfamiliar with managing acquired adult diseases such as coronary artery disease, obesity or hyperlipidemia, which can be superimposed upon existing congenital heart disease.
The Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Program at Texas Children’s Hospital enables patients with congenital heart disease to receive seamless continuation of care from birth throughout adulthood. As pediatric patients with congenital heart defects transition into adulthood, our multidisciplinary team of experienced congenital heart disease specialists advises patients on health and lifestyle choices for their adult needs, including physical challenges, exercise options and family planning.
Our program offers comprehensive medical and surgical care backed by state-of-the-art technologies and research from our world-class institutions. We provide the full range of ACHD services and specialties including surgery, diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization, noninvasive imaging (including cardiac MRIs and coronary CT angiography), arrhythmia services and more. We are also accredited by the Adult Congenital Heart Association and are the only ACHD accredited program in the greater Houston area, and one of only two programs accredited in Texas.
Each year, more than 2,000 adults with congenital heart disease are seen in our clinic. We work closely with teenagers and adults in order to help them understand their heart condition, know the medications they are on and why, get familiar with their health insurance options and take ownership of maintaining their health.