Adult Congenital Heart Program

Because of the success of pediatric cardiac care teams over the past decades, we now have a population of adults who previously may not have survived childhood. Established in 1994, Inova’s Adult Congenital Heart Program was one of the first programs in the country to care for patients with congenital heart disease. Today, we offer a complete continuity of care for adults with a variety of congenital heart defects, including those complicated by heart rhythm problems, heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. For women with congenital heart defects, we partner with our colleagues in obstetrics to achieve the safest delivery plans possible for mother and baby.

A multidisciplinary team of board-certified specialists from Inova Heart and Vascular Institute and Inova Children’s Heart Center collaborate to provide quality care for congenital heart disease at all stages. Patients have the advantage of seamless access to the collective expertise of Inova’s highly skilled pediatric and adult specialists in a single location, to improve outcomes and enhance quality of life. Areas of specialization include:

  • Adult Congenital Cardiac Catheterization
    Cardiac surgeons and interventional cardiologists perform advanced procedures such as the minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and catheter-based pulmonary valve replacement.

  • Adult Congenital Electrophysiology
    Electrophysiologists with specialized expertise in management of adults with congenital heart disease treat all types of arrhythmias, including the most challenging heart rhythm disorders once considered untreatable. Our Atrial Fibrillation Program features the Maze surgical procedure and rigorous patient follow-up. We also place biventricular pacemakers to resynchronize the heart and improve myocardial dysfunction.

  • Advanced Cardiac Therapies
    Inova’s end-stage heart failure program offers mechanical cardiac assist programs, including the only Joint Commission certified ventricular assist device (VAD) program, as well as heart and lung transplantation. The Inova Pulmonary Hypertension Program was one of the first in the country accredited as a Comprehensive Care Center by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association to care for adults with congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension.

  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine
    Inova’s high-risk obstetric specialists carefully manage women with congenital heart disease during pregnancy. The team also cares for women carrying a baby with suspected congenital heart disease that may require specialized pediatric care after birth. This includes specialized care for mother and baby during labor and delivery and post-natal care of the newborn.”

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