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Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program

If you were born with heart disease, Vanderbilt Health knows how to care for your unique heart. Our Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program is one of the region’s most experienced. We have the experts to provide you with comprehensive care to help you live a healthy, active life.

Adult Congenital Heart Disease: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • National recognition. Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute is among the best heart programs in the nation and the top-ranked program in Tennessee, according to U.S. News & World Report. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is ranked the No. 1 adult hospital in Tennessee.
  • Specialized experts. Our cardiologists are trained and board-certified in adult congenital heart disease. They collaborate with electrophysiologists, interventional cardiologists, heart transplant surgeons and other experts to provide all of your specialized care.
  • Comprehensive, long-term care. We are with you for life. We personalize your care every step of the way. From routine clinic visits for cardiac monitoring and medical management, to interventional procedures, to surgery, we want you to enjoy optimal heart health.
  • Team approach. Our congenital heart specialists work closely with your primary care physician, local cardiologist or other specialists to ensure you follow the best care plan for your condition.
  • Seamless transition from pediatric care. We collaborate with Vanderbilt Pediatric Heart Institute to help young patients with congenital heart disease transition seamlessly to adult care. We also may rely on the experience of our pediatric heart specialists when our adult patients need certain procedures. We call in the right specialist for each situation. Our goal is your best outcome and safety.
  • Latest advances. We offer you the most advanced procedures for repairing heart valves or other heart defects. We are the only program in Tennessee and one of few in the Southeast to routinely perform complex catheter ablation to treat arrhythmias in adults with congenital heart disease. Many of these procedures are not available at other medical centers in the region. We also are a leader in implanting pacemakers and defibrillators in patients with complex heart defects.
  • Access to transplant. If it’s time to consider a heart transplant, you’ll receive special attention from our Advanced Congenital Cardiac Therapies group. This team is a unique collaboration of adult congenital heart disease, heart failure, heart surgery and heart transplant specialists. They understand the complex issues you may face and help guide you through the process.
  • Pregnancy management. Our adult congenital heart disease specialists work alongside maternal-fetal medicine specialists to help manage your pregnancy and plan your delivery. We also offer family planning and prenatal counseling.
  • Clinical trials and research. As part of an academic medical center, our doctors investigate new and better ways to care for people with adult congenital heart disease. This gives you access to innovative treatments before they are widely available. Some of our recent studies have involved heart transplant in congenital heart disease, treatments of long-term complications after a surgery called the Fontan operation, and catheter ablation for single-ventricle heart disease.

Conditions We Treat

We treat all congenital heart conditions, including:

  • Atrial septal defect
  • Aortic stenosis
  • Aortic valve regurgitation
  • Bicuspid aortic valve disease
  • Bradycardia
  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Double inlet left ventricle
  • Ebstein’s anomaly
  • Eisenmenger syndrome
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Pulmonary regurgitation
  • Pulmonary stenosis
  • Tachycardia
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Total anomalous pulmonary venous return
  • Transposition of the great arteries
  • Tricuspid atresia
  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Ventricular septal defect

Tests, Treatments and Services We Offer

  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Cardiac computed tomography (CT), including 3-D reconstruction and 3-D printing for surgical planning
  • Cardiac event monitoring
  • Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Cardiopulmonary stress test
  • Echocardiography
  • Electrocardiography (ECG or EKG)
  • Electrophysiology procedure, catheter ablation
  • Electrophysiology study
  • Exercise stress test
  • Heart transplant
  • Holter monitoring
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
  • Implanted loop recorder
  • Medication
  • Open heart surgery
  • Pacemaker
  • Transesophageal echocardiography

Locations

Medical Center East
1215 21st Ave. S, 5th Floor
Nashville, TN 37232  

One Hundred Oaks
719 Thompson Lane
Nashville, TN 37204  

Transition Clinic
Vanderbilt Pediatric Heart Institute
2200 Children’s Way, 5th Floor
Nashville, TN 37232

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Team

Cardiology

Surgery

Supportive Care

  • Hepatology
  • Pulmonary Vascular Clinic

For Referring Physicians

To refer a patient to the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program, call (615) 343-9188 or fax a request to (615) 936-7420.