Adult Congenital Heart
Keeping Your Heart Strong
If you’re an adult living with a congenital heart defect, it’s important to seek care from a specialist with expertise in treating adults. The Adult Congenital Heart Program, part of the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center led by C. Huie Lin, MD, PhD and Valeria Duarte, MD, dedicates unparalleled expertise and state-of-the-art resources to the mission of serving adults with congenital heart disease.
More children with congenital heart disease are surviving to adulthood than ever before, and there are now nearly 1.4 million adults with congenital heart disease in the U.S. We established the Adult Congenital Heart Program to give these individuals the opportunity to be treated by specially trained cardiologists in an environment designed specifically for adults.
Conditions We TreatOur doctors have years of experience treating adults with congenital heart disease. These include individuals diagnosed with the following conditions, among others:
- Atrial septal defect
- Ventricular septal defect
- Congenital aortic stenosis
- Tetralogy of Fallot
- Transposition of the great arteries
- Coarctation of the aorta
- 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
Personalized Care for Adults with Congenital Heart Disease
The goal of our Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program is to offer adults living with congenital heart defects a variety of treatment options that can improve your quality of life and help you continue doing what you love.
We understand that dealing with a chronic diagnosis can be challenging, and that navigating the health care system can be overwhelming. Our social workers are here to answer your questions, find you specific resources, and provide social support, counseling and referrals to other mental health providers in your community. Family, social and community support all help to build a strong system of care personalized to your unique health care needs.
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 revolutionary catheter-based heart valve implantation systems 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 transcatheter 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 transcatheter valve begins working immediately.
Learn more about treatment options for adult patients with congenital heart disease.
Our physicians at Houston Methodist specialize in managing adult congenital heart disease at the following convenient locations.