Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Adult Congenital Heart Disease

At UVA, we begin treatment for congenital (structural) heart defects before birth and help manage your diagnosis through every stage of your life.

You may not know you have a heart condition. That's why we offer genetic testing to spot these conditions before they become a problem.

Learn how we treat congenital heart defects at UVA Children's Hospital. 

Adult Congenital Heart Disease

UVA offers comprehensive treatment of adults with structural heart disease through a multidisciplinary team of specialists.
Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Adult Congenital Heart Disease

At UVA, we begin treatment for congenital (structural) heart defects before birth and help manage your diagnosis through every stage of your life.

You may not know you have a heart condition. That's why we offer genetic testing to spot these conditions before they become a problem.

Learn how we treat congenital heart defects at UVA Children's Hospital. 

Congenital Heart Services at UVA

  • You’ll have to manage your congenital heart disease as you get older, and you may require help from a variety of specialists. At UVA, a group of experts provides care in a single location, the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic

    Congenital heart services we provide include:

    • Comprehensive evaluation, management and imaging
    • Advanced drug therapies and devices for heart failure
    • Minimally invasive, interventional cardiac catheterization
    • A full spectrum of electrophysiology (heart rhythm) services
    • One of the largest cardiovascular surgery programs in the mid-Atlantic region
Living With Congenital Heart Disease

Cardiovascular Screening & Genetic Testing

Treating congenital heart disease early can prevent complications like heart failure and sudden cardiac arrest. A cardiologist can diagnose you with tests that include:

  • Echocardiogram
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • MRI
  • Exercise testing 
  • Holter monitoring 

Our Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic provides genetic testing that can help determine who in your family is at risk for congenital heart defects. Our specialists meet with you and your family to understand the diagnosis and discuss treatment options.

Our team of specialists includes:

  • Cardiologists
  • Electrophysiologists
  • Cardiothoracic surgeons
  • Cardiovascular nurses
  • Genetic specialists

Listen to Matthew Thomas, ScM, and Matthew Wolf, MD, talk about the importance of cardiovascular genetics screening.

Elite Care for Athletes

  • If you're an athlete, intense training and competition can pose serious risks to your heart. Genetic testing can help determine if you have a possible heart problem that can affect your life as an athlete.

    Some heart abnormalities are harmless and may not affect your participation in sports. Some athletes can develop “athlete’s heart,” a condition where the heart muscle becomes larger due to intense training. It can be mistaken for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a serious genetic heart disease. 

    Listen to a podcast about screening young athletes for congenital heart disease.

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