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Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center

Adult Congenital Heart Program

Recent advancements in heart surgery have allowed more children with congenital heart defects to live to adulthood than ever before. More than a million American adults live with congenital heart disease,* and these patients continue to need care by specially trained cardiologists.

The Adult Congenital Heart Program at Houston Methodist serves the specific needs of men and women with congenital heart disease — in an environment designed for uniquely for adults.


Physicians at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center are highly trained and specialized in the needs of adults who were diagnosed with congenital heart disease. These include men and women diagnosed with, among other conditions:

  • Atrial septal defect
  • Ventricular septal defect
  • Congenital aortic stenosis
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Transposition of the great arteries
  • Coarctation of the aorta

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Adults who have undergone Fontan, Ross or other cardiac surgeries also continue to require a lifetime of specialized care.

Adult patients with congenital heart defects will find the services they need to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle, including:

  • Clinical surveillance
  • Multimodality imaging
  • Transcathether evaluation and intervention
  • Electrophysiology therapies
  • Surgical intervention

Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve

Houston Methodist is one of the only adult centers to offer the Melody valve, a revolutionary catheter-based heart valve implantation system. The Melody valve is specifically designed to treat certain patients with congenital heart disease without the need for open heart surgery.**

For more information about the Adult Congenital Heart Program at the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center or to schedule an appointment, please call 713-441-1100 or complete the online contact us form.

*Source: Centers for Disease Control, http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/heartdefects/data.html
** Source: Melody Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Clinical Evidence Report. Data on file. Medtronic, Inc. 2009.