Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has opened a clinic for patients with adult congenital heart disease to expand services for Fort Bend and surrounding county residents.

C. Huie Lin, M.D., an adult congenital interventional cardiologist and director of the Houston Methodist Adult Congenital Heart Program will see patients in Sugar Land every second Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“Congenital heart defects are structural problems with the heart present at birth,” Lin said. “In many instances, congenital heart disease patients fall off the radar when they become adults. Thus, they do not receive the proper medical care for their condition.”

Lin believes there are some 30,000 adult congenital heart patients in the Houston area and that number is expected to grow by five percent annually. He adds many adults with congenital heart disease are operated on at a very young age, and some remain unaware of their condition until they begin to experience shortness of breath, lightheadedness, palpitations or swelling as adults.

Lin adds by working with our Sugar Land colleagues in primary care and cardiology, we developed this clinic to offer care to these patients closer to where they live and work.

“Because of their complex problems, adult congenital patients need to be seen by a specialist before these symptoms occur so they can maintain an active lifestyle and great quality of life,” said Lin, one of the only cardiologists in Houston who is board certified in adult congenital heart disease. “I have made it my life’s work to take care of these patients and to look for new and innovative ways to treat them. I am looking forward to working with our colleagues and seeing patients in the new Sugar Land clinic.”

To schedule an appointment with C. Huie Lin, M.D. call 713.441.2894. The clinic is located on the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital campus in Medical Office Building 3, Suite 410, 16605 Southwest Frwy., Sugar Land, TX 77479. Free valet parking is available at the Main Pavilion for your convenience.

Dr. Lin will be available for cardiac clearance on Saturday, between 9 a.m. and noon on July 29 at Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine where they will host student physicals at 16811 Southwest Frwy., Sugar Land, TX, 77479. The cost is $20 (cash only) for ages 12 through 18. Be sure to bring a completed UIL Physical Evaluation form, which can be printed from events.houstonmethodist.org/physicals-sl along with the Houston Methodist release form. For more information, email athletictrainer@houstonmethodist.org or call 281.275.0447.