Congenital heart disease refers to structural heart defects that occur while the heart is developing during pregnancy. There are many types of congenital heart disease, including valve defects that allow too much or too little blood to pass through the heart, or holes in the heart that allow low-oxygen blood to mix with high-oxygen blood. In most cases, there is no known cause of congenital heart disease, although both genetic and environmental factors may play a role.
At Comer Children's, we provide continuity of care throughout a patient’s life – from making the diagnosis of heart disease in fetuses before they are born, to helping deliver these babies safely, through the early years of infancy and childhood and as they transition to adulthood.
We created the Center for Adults with Congenital Heart Disease to bridge the gap between adult and pediatric care. The Center's multidisciplinary staff includes both adult and pediatric cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, electrophysiologists and other specialists. This ensures that patients of all ages are treated by experts who understand the complexities of congenital anomalies.