Expertise to treat and manage heart defects throughout your life
If you were born with a congenital heart defect, the team in our Adult Congenital Heart Center has the expertise to care for your unique needs, whether you have a simple defect with no symptoms or a complex one with life-threatening symptoms.
We regularly perform procedures such as:
Whether you’ve been treated for congenital heart disease as a child or adult, you’ll likely require lifelong monitoring to make sure your heart remains healthy and no further complications develop. Our experts will also help you take into consideration your unique heart history when undergoing medical treatment for unrelated conditions.
Congenital Heart Defects and Diseases
These are the most common type of birth defect, affecting eight out of every 1,000 newborns. One in 50 adults has a congenital heart defect.
The normal human heart has four chambers: two upper atria and two lower ventricles. Cor triatriatum is a rare congenital heart defect in which an extra chamber forms above the left atrium.
A congenital heart defect in which the tricuspid valve between the right chambers of the heart does not close correctly.
A condition that results from abnormal blood flow caused by a congenital heart defect, often a hole between the chambers of the heart or blood vessels leading from the heart.
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
A rare congenital heart condition that causes the left side of the heart to be underdeveloped.
Tetralogy of Fallot
Tetralogy of Fallot is a combination of four congenital structural heart defects that disrupt the normal flow of blood through the heart.
Transposition of the Great Arteries
Transposition of the great arteries is a condition present from birth in which the positions of the heart’s two main arteries are reversed. This condition requires lifelong follow-up care after it’s repaired in infancy.
Tricuspid atresia is a heart defect present at birth in which blood can’t flow properly between the heart’s right atrium and right ventricle.
Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) Syndrome
Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, or WPW syndrome, is a problem with the way electrical signals travel through the heart.
Chest X-rays use a small dose of radiation to create pictures of the structures inside the chest, including the lungs, heart, and chest wall.
Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan
The cardiac computed tomography scan, or cardiac CT, uses X-rays to create three-dimensional images of your heart and blood vessels.
An echocardiogram uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of your heart.
An electrocardiogram, also known as an ECG, measures the heart’s electrical activity.
Stress tests are used to assess how your heart works during physical activity. There are several types of stress tests, including treadmill or bike stress tests, nuclear stress tests, stress echocardiograms, and chemically induced stress tests.
Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)
Transesophageal echocardiogram allows us to take very detailed images of your heart structure from a probe in your esophagus.
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MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
201 E. University Pkwy. Baltimore, MD 21218
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
110 Irving St. NW Washington, DC 20010
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3800 Reservoir Rd. NW Washington, DC, 20007
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18101 Prince Philip Dr. Olney, MD 20832
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7503 Surratts Rd. Clinton, MD 20735
Adult Congenital Heart Center
When you’re born with a heart problem, you may need complex care throughout your life. Our experts tailor this specialized care to your unique needs.
Have questions for our heart and vascular program? Email us at AskMHVI@medstar.net.