Structural Heart Disease Program
Our program offers innovative care for patients with advanced and complex structural heart disease. From diagnosis to treatment, our team is dedicated to treating all forms of structural heart disease, some of which are congenital, or present at birth, and others that develop with age. We take the utmost care in treating these defects, which can affect the interior walls of the heart, the valves inside the heart, and the arteries and veins that carry blood to the rest of the body.
As the first program in the state of Connecticut dedicated to the care of adult patients with complex congenital heart disease, we offer the full spectrum of care, providing regular inpatient and outpatient services to adult congenital heart patients. We offer an array of imaging, exercise testing, and surgical options, as well as less invasive catheterization therapies.
Our multidisciplinary team includes interventional experts in congenital cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology who have decades of combined experience in the field. Our cardiothoracic surgical team has expertise in congenital heart disease and adult cardiac surgery with experience that spans three decades. Other members of the team include experts from the Yale General & Advanced Heart Failure Program, as well as a wide array of subspecialists in related areas, including liver and kidney disease.
Adolescents and adult patients can expect to receive detailed education about their underlying congenital heart defect, its management, and the implications for future functioning. We ensure that our patients with pediatric congenital heart disease will be managed in the context of adult medicine with a multidisciplinary team that includes pediatric and adult cardiologists, adult pulmonologists, genetic counselors, and social workers.
Our center provides state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging, including echocardiography and MRI. We work closely with Yale Medicine High-Risk Obstetric and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Programs to provide obstetrics and perinatology services to women with congenital heart disease, and we provide referrals for fetal echocardiography in cases where it is appropriate.