Over the past several decades, advancements in diagnosis and treatment have greatly improved the survival and longevity of children born with congenital heart disease. As a result, generations of patients are now living long into adulthood with heart issues that only congenital heart specialists have experience treating.
Since 2004, the Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Program at Texas Children’s Hospital has provided groundbreaking care to patients with congenital heart disease, enabling them to receive seamless continuation of care from birth throughout adulthood. Now, more than 2,000 adults with congenital heart disease are seen in our clinic each year and we continue to blaze the trail with comprehensive medical and surgical care backed by state-of-the-art technologies and research.
Revolutionary ACHD Care
Our multidisciplinary team of specialists are trained in both pediatric and adult congenital heart disease. We work closely patients on the wide spectrum of challenges that congenital heart disease patients face throughout their lives – from medication and health insurance to medical issues, exercise options and family planning.
Additionally, our team of experts use the most advanced equipment and technology to provide the full range of ACHD services, tests and procedures, including:
- Heart surgery and transplantation
- Diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization
- Noninvasive imaging (including cardiac MRIs and coronary CT angiography)
- Arrhythmia services
- Genetic testing
- Obstetric services including cardiac problems in pregnancy and fetal ultrasounds
- ASD/PFO closure
- Exercise stress tests
- Education, counseling and resources to help patients live a healthy lifestyle
Our specialists recognize the unique nature of each patient’s heart history and meet weekly with the full ACHD team to review cases and collaborate on treatment. Our goal is for ACHD patients to have as normal of a life as possible, and we are committed to providing revolutionary care as one of the leading congenital heart disease institutions in the world.