Adult Congenital Heart

The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program, part of the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center led by C. Huie Lin, MD, dedicates unparalleled expertise and state-of-the-art resources to the mission of serving adults with congenital heart disease. Dr. Lin is one of only two physicians in Houston who is board certified in adult congenital heart disease.

More children with congenital heart disease are surviving to adulthood than ever before, and there are now nearly 1.5 million adults with congenital heart disease in the United States. We established the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program to give these individuals the opportunity to be treated by specially trained cardiologists in an environment designed specifically for adults.

Our doctors have years of experience treating adults with congenital heart disease. These include individuals diagnosed with the following conditions, among others:

Our patients also include adults who have undergone Fontan, Ross or other cardiac surgeries.

The program offers a complete array of services focused on the specific needs of adults living with congenital heart disease, including:

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

Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve
Some of the most common congenital heart defects involve narrowed, leaking or missing pulmonary valves, which control the flow of blood from the heart to the lungs. In the past, placement of a new pulmonary valve required open heart surgery, sometimes multiple times throughout the life of an adult with congenital heart disease.  

Houston Methodist is one of the few adult hospitals in the country to offer the Melody valve, a revolutionary catheter-based heart valve implantation system designed specifically for the pulmonary valve. In this procedure, the cardiologist inserts a special balloon-tipped catheter through a small incision in the vein of the inner thigh and navigates it up to the heart.  The Melody Valve, an artificial valve sewn onto a wire frame (stent), is mounted on the balloon catheter. With inflation of the balloon, the stent is deployed. After deflation of the balloon, the Melody Valve begins working immediately.

Learn more about treatment options for adult patients with congenital heart disease. 
Adult Congenital Heart Program
Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center
6550 Fannin St. 
Smith Tower, 19th Floor
Scheduling: 713.441.1100