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Quality and Outcomes at the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program

Quality & Outcomes

The Philadelphia Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center

Due to advances in cardiac surgery and medical therapies, there are now more adults than children living with congenital heart disease. It is estimated that over one million adults with congenital heart disease live in the United States and this population continues to grow at a steady rate. The spectrum of disease varies widely from simple lesions such as isolated septal defects to the complex such as functional single ventricles. Adults with congenital heart disease require ongoing subspecialty care and lifelong surveillance to ensure continued survival and quality of life.

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The Philadelphia Adult Congenital Heart Center, a joint program between Penn Medicine and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), is designed to serve the unique healthcare needs of this patient population.

One of less than a hundred such programs in the United States, the multidisciplinary team of the Philadelphia Adult Congenital Heart Center includes an array of specialists from both institutions experienced in the care of adults with congenital heart disease. 

The team includes adult and pediatric cardiovascular surgeons, cardiovascular anesthesiologists, cardiac specialists in catheterization, electrophysiology, non-invasive imaging and heart failure/transplantation as well as genetics and obstetrics services working together to provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care.

The Philadelphia Adult Congenital Heart Center treats a full spectrum of congenital heart abnormalities, including:

  • Anomalous coronary artery
  • Atrioventricular septal defect
  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Congenitally corrected transposition
  • Double outlet right ventricle
  • Ebstein anomaly
  • Eisenmenger syndrome
  • Partial anomalous pulmonary venous connection
  • Single ventricle – hypoplastic left heart syndrome, tricuspid or pulmonary atresia
  • Transposition of the great vessels
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Vascular rings

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