Adult Congenital Heart Care

Adult Congenital Heart Care

If you’re age 21 or older and living with a congenital heart condition, you can get lifelong specialized services for your heart, as well as complete care for the complexities of your overall health, from experts in the Adult Congenital Heart Program at OU Health in Oklahoma City.

Comprehensive Adult Congenital Heart Care

No matter where you live in Oklahoma or across the region and regardless of your economic status, you and your primary care doctor or cardiologist can work with the highly skilled cardiac surgeons and specialized cardiologists at OU Health. These cardiac experts hold extensive training and experience in paying attention to the subtle details of caring for adults with all types of congenital heart conditions, including the most complex situations.

Oklahoma’s First Adult Congenital Heart Program

Your OU Health heart care team saw the need and established Oklahoma’s first and only comprehensive adult congenital heart program decades before this service was officially designated as a medical specialty. Today at OU Health, you can get the comprehensive adult congenital heart care and related services you need, including diagnosis, treatment, referrals, coordinated care management and continual monitoring, to help you live a full and productive life.

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Care for Congenital Heart Conditions in Adults

Since the late 1980s, astonishing medical advances greatly extended the lifespan and quality of life for nearly everyone born with congenital heart conditions and those who needed open-heart surgery during childhood. Now, at OU Health, you can rely on the Adult Congenital Heart Program team to provide in-depth, adult-focused care for living well with structural congenital heart problems such as:

If you had open-heart surgery for a congenital condition as a child, you may also take advantage of services and specialists in the OU Health Adult Congenital Heart Program.

Adult Congenital Heart Treatments & Services

Whether you contact OU Health directly or get a referral from your primary care doctor or cardiologist, you gain access to the full range of medications, surgical procedures and services designed for adults living with a congenital heart condition. At OU Health, you benefit from a variety of expert treatments and services such as:

  • Co-management, direct management or the preferred combination of care approaches that works best for you and your primary care providers

  • Continual monitoring (surveillance) with ongoing health care and timely intervention – Includes regular review of your specific condition and overall health; helps avoid deterioration into congestive heart failure (CHF) or other complex health problems

  • Coronary correction, coronary stent and other intervention – Involves procedures to open blocked arteries or vessels and address issues related to adult congenital heart conditions

  • Electrophysiology services – Includes cardiogram, stress tests, non-invasive imaging and related diagnostic and treatment options

  • Fontan surgery revisions and repair of previous surgeries

  • Late-stage diagnosis of congenital heart disease in adults – Identifies congenital conditions that didn’t cause symptoms in childhood but appeared in adulthood or after developing other health problems

  • Medications and medication monitoring

  • Placement of pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)

  • Valve replacement or repair – Catheter-based heart valve intervention; surgery-based heart valve intervention; timely care can help avoid congestive heart failure (CHF)

At OU Health, you’ll find Oklahoma’s only congenital heart surgeon who participates in the quality assurance program of The Society for Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and who regularly ranks in the top 10 percent nationally for outstanding congenital heart surgery services.

Adult Congenital Heart Care During Pregnancy

When you consider starting or expanding your family as a woman with a congenital heart condition, choose OU Health for top-quality care. You’ll work with highly regarded experts in maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) and high-risk pregnancy (obstetrics) who apply their experience to treating the most complex situations.

Through the OU Health Adult Congenital Heart Program, you and your OB-GYN provider or primary care physician will collaborate with OU Health congenital heart specialists, MFM specialists and experts in the OU Health Fetal Heart (Fetal Echo) Program. That means you and your baby receive the comprehensive attention you need for all aspects of pregnancy, childbirth and follow-up care.

Functional Heart Care & Electrophysiology

For functional heart conditions, such as problems related to the heart’s electrical system, get treatment from OU Health adult heart care services, including the Cardiac Catheterization & Electrophysiology Lab in Oklahoma City.

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Your Adult Congenital Heart Care Team

At OU Health, your adult congenital heart care team involves experts from multiple healthcare disciplines who focus on your specific situation. You’ll collaborate with specialists from many areas, such as surgery, minimally invasive catheter-based procedures, electrophysiology, gastroenterology, nephrology and renal care or any healthcare specialty your condition requires.

This multidisciplinary, whole-person approach to care at OU Health means you also benefit from our emphasis on early intervention. By treating health issues before they become more serious, you can enjoy a longer and better quality of life. Your OU Health adult congenital heart care team works with you and your doctors to identify, provide or refer and help manage any or all of the care and services you need.

With their extensive experience in delivering comprehensive adult congenital heart care – both now and during the many years before official recognition of this medical specialty – your OU Health adult congenital heart care team continues to provide all the services that you need.