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Clinicians at the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program provide personalized, lifelong care for adolescent and adult patients with the entire spectrum of congenital heart disease, including, but not limited to:
At age 16, Jack Cadigan appeared to be a healthy, athletic high school student. That changed during a summer volunteer trip to Haiti, when doctors identified an atrial septal defect, or a hole, in his heart. See how a Mass General team repaired Jack’s heart—and saved a young Haitian girl in the process. Watch video
Patients and their families are guided through every aspect of management, from the initial encounter and review of prior history, through diagnostic and interventional procedures, while emphasizing continuity of care and long-term follow up. Our physicians are focused exclusively on treating congenital heart disease in adults and work with specialists from multiple clinical disciplines to provide care from many different perspectives, including:
Our specialists care for adolescents and adults with congenital heart disease and value open and ongoing communication with referring pediatricians, internists and primary cardiologists. We also emphasize patient education and self advocacy to help patients transition from pediatric, through adolescent to adult care.
We offer multidisciplinary visits with same day testing in Boston, state-of-the-art interventions, heath and wellness clinics in Waltham, and telemedicine and digital health services throughout the Northeast and internationally. The program has an active interest in transitioning adolescents and young adults to adult cardiac care and in cardiovascular disease and pregnancy.
To diagnose congenital heart disease, it is important to have a clear image of a patient’s anatomy. The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program includes full-time, board-certified cardiac imaging specialists who are specially trained to detect heart defects and whose practice focuses specifically on congenital heart disease.
Depending on the patient, we may use one or more of these diagnostic techniques to examine the heart’s anatomy and function:
Both outpatient and inpatient care are closely supervised by the same dedicated physicians in the personalized manner that has been the tradition and style of excellence that characterizes Mass General.
Our goal is to repair and manage congenital heart conditions so that patients live full, healthy lives. Our specialists take a holistic approach to care and are available to:
For some patients, we use an interventional transcatheter approach to offer minimally invasive procedures that result in small incisions in the skin, rather than open heart surgery. Our interventional cardiologists treat congenital heart conditions, including but not limited to septal defects, coarctation of aorta, pulmonary branch stenoses and perform pulmonic vein replacement.
Our dedicated surgical team specializes in adult congenital heart surgical procedures, including primary operations and reoperations. We are experienced in both simple and complex congenital heart surgeries, including:
Teens and young adults with congenital heart disease receive ongoing support that helps them shift from pediatric to adult-based health care. Adolescents and young adults also receive peer support from patients who have similar conditions.
We strive to see patients in a timely fashion. Our dedicated support personnel are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm to take relevant information about your condition and symptoms and make a timely appointment with the most appropriate specialist.
To request an appointment, call 866-644-8910 or complete our online appointment form
The Mass General Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program provides TeleHealth visits to new and established patients in order to support patient centered care. When possible and desired, patients are given the option to meet with their cardiologist on a secure video portal and even review their own images of their heart and discuss future plans for active surveillance or intervention. These visits are meant to supplement the patient’s care, occurring safely from their own home and allowing loved ones to participate as well. Learn more about the Mass General TeleHealth program
The Adult Congenital Health and Wellness Program at Mass General Waltham was established in 2013 to address the many additional non-congenital health issues important to the care of patients with congenital heart disease. Ranging from atherosclerotic disease risk assessment to nutrition counseling, stress management techniques and exercise prescription, this clinic occurs in our convenient Waltham location. Learn more about our Waltham location
The Mass General Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program has a both an interest and expertise in treating the following conditions, diseases and patient populations:
The ACHD Program is specifically leading programs in clinical care and research for individuals with:
The care team at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center encourages all patients and family members to learn more about conditions and diseases that affect the heart and overall cardiovascular system. The links below provide more information about heart conditions and diseases that might be treated within this program.
Congenital heart defects occur when the heart or related blood vessels do not develop properly before or at birth.
Mass General is dedicated to ensuring that people understand their health care choices and have the necessary information to make decisions affecting their health and well being. The related support and wellness information listed below can play a role in treatment options.
Learn what to expect before, during and after
your surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center by downloading and printing our patient guide to cardiac surgery.
As you prepare for your catheterization, Massachusetts General Hospital clinicians want you to feel as comfortable as possible. To help you understand what to expect during your visit, this booklet describes key steps of your catheterization procedure.
The Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center offers a patient guide to cardiac anesthesia. Our dedicated clinicians believe it is important for you to know what to expect before, during and after a cardiac anesthesia.
Cardiac nurses at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center offer support and guidance during a family member's open-heart surgery or transplantation.
Emily Falkenstein has spent her entire life living with a congenital heart defect. Beginning with an initial heart attack in infancy, Emily has received her care at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Ami Bhatt, MD, medical director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, weighs in on the impact of stress to your health.
At the 200th anniversary of the stethoscope, the tube that sends sounds to the doctor’s ears is getting a makeover. Dr. Ami Bhatt, co-director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, writes about the digital rebirth of the stethoscope.
In order to address the value of wellness in adults patients with congenital heart disease, doctors and nurses from the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program have launched the ACHD Health and Wellness Program at MGH West in Waltham.
36-year-old Connecticut resident Benard Basant got his life back when he underwent the MGH’s first combined heart-lung transplant surgery.
For the first time, researchers are beginning to document and evaluate cancer screening rates among ACHD patients. Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital collaborated with researchers at the University of Massachusetts: School of Medicine to conduct this study.
Throughout the month of February, our doctors and specialists in the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care will be sharing their expertise on various heart conditions and offering prevention tips in recognition of American Heart Month. Roughly one in every four deaths in the U.S. each year is due to heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for Americans.
Over one million adults in the United States have adult congenital heart disease (ACHD), a condition that occurs when the heart or related blood vessels do not develop properly before or at birth.
For some adult congenital heart disease patients, heart surgery is needed. Patients often have questions about their condition, what the admission process is like, what to anticipate on the day of surgery and ask about expectations for their recovery process.
As infants, Madelyn and Samantha Kanter were diagnosed with atrial septal defect. Following intervention as teens, they came to the Mass General Heart Center to keep them healthy through their adult lives.
Debby Flaherty-Kizer has been living with Ebstein’s anomaly for more than 30 years, but that hasn’t prevented her from participating in triathlons and advocating for women’s heart health across the country.
The Heart Center has joined a clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of a novel therapy to replace heart valves using a minimally invasive, catheter-based approach.
At age 16, Jack Cadigan appeared to be a healthy, athletic high school student, playing on his school’s basketball team. That summer, Jack volunteered at a medical clinic in Haiti where they discovered he had an issue with his heart. He came to Mass General where Dr. Ami Bhatt diagnosed him with an atrial septal defect, which was repaired through surgery. Jack immediately noticed a big difference in his health, not realizing how limited he was before the surgery.
Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program
If you are a new patient, you may call the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center Access Office at 866-644-8910 or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment. A member of our access team will ask you more about your condition and symptoms, and match you with the best-fitting Corrigan Minehan Heart Center physician.
Follow the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program on Twitter at @mghhearthealth.
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