Treating Adults with Congenital Heart Disease
When you’re a patient at Providence, we help you feel better today and reduce your risk of more serious disease tomorrow. We work with you to create a personalized plan to treat your congenital heart disease (CHD). This plan includes everything from diagnosis and treatment to the post-care support you need to feel your best. The result is compassionate, whole-person care for your body, mind and spirit.
Why Choose Us for Congenital Heart Disease Care?
At Providence, we see the life in you. We are committed to making a positive difference in every life we touch.
More About Congenital Heart Disease
Congenital heart defects occur before birth in one or more of the structures of the heart. Some people may not have any symptoms until adulthood. Others have their condition treated when they’re children and require regular checkups with a cardiologist in adulthood.
Testing and Diagnostics
Your heart care team uses many different methods to find out which therapies work best for you. They look at your symptoms, other medical conditions and overall health. They use the most advanced diagnostics to evaluate your condition. Depending on your case, this may include one or more of the following:
- Blood test
- Carotid ultrasonography
- Chest X-ray
- CT angiography, coronary CT angiography
- CT imaging
- Diagnostic heart catheterization
- Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG)
- Exercise stress test / treadmill stress test
- MRI (cardiac)
- Peripheral arterial testing
Personalized Treatment for Congenital Heart Disease
We know that no two patients are the same. This is why your care team works with you to design an individualized treatment plan based specifically on your heart condition and your personal needs. Every treatment plan includes lifestyle changes to support your recovery and long-term heart health.
Your care plan may include one or more of the following therapies:
- Aortic root surgery
- Aortic valve repair/replacement
- Atrial septal defect (ASD) closure
- Radiofrequency catheter ablation
- Heart valve repair, replacement or valvuloplasty
- Implantable cardio defibrillator (ICD)
- Mitral valve repair or replacement
- Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) closure
- Patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure
- Peripheral angioplasty or stent
- Prescription medications
- Septal myectomy
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
- Transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR)
- Tricuspid valve repair or replacement
- Ventricular septal defect (VSD) closure
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Learn How Our Doctors Are Impacting Patients
Our congenital heart disease patient Brian Forth had his first heart surgery as a baby at 18 months old. Nearly five decades later, he continues to trust Providence for his heart care. He had a second surgery at age 50, allowing him to get back to fishing and enjoying the great outdoors.
Melissa Faucher expected congenital heart disease to prevent her from having children. But her cardiology team took patient-centered care to the next level – working closely with her obstetrics team to make Melissa’s dream come true. Today she’s the mother of four.
Meet the Team
At Providence, you'll have access to a vast network of dedicated and compassionate providers who offer personalized care by focusing on treatment, prevention and health education.