Congenital Heart Diseases
UT Southwestern Medical Center offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for adult congenital heart disease, which includes malformations of the heart and related blood vessels.
Types of congenital heart disease include:
- Adult congenital heart disease
- heart defects that develop before birth and affect patients as adults
- Aortic stenosis
- an abnormal aortic valve restricts blood flow from the left ventricle to the aorta
- Atrial septal defect
- a hole in the septum
- Coarctation of the aorta
- a constriction in the aorta
- Long QT syndrome
- a hereditary disorder that disrupts the normal electrical rhythm of the heart
- Mitral stenosis
- abnormal mitral valve restricts blood flow from the left atrium to the left ventricle
- Patent ductus arteriosus
- a condition in which a small vessel connecting the aorta to the pulmonary artery does not close after birth
- Tetralogy of Fallot
- causes babies to have insufficient oxygen throughout their body
- Transposition of the great arteries
- the arteries are switched from normal and causes low blood oxygen
- Ventricular septal defect
- one or more holes in the muscular wall that separates the left and right ventricles
Congenital Heart Disease Tests and Exams
Our cardiovascular specialists use technologically advanced examinations to pinpoint the exact nature of your congenital heart defect. Then, cardiologists work with a team of specialists to determine the right course of action for your particular condition.
By using UT Southwestern’s advanced echocardiography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), and other testing resources to accurately diagnose your condition, our cardiologists can determine whether medication, lifestyle changes, interventional cardiology, or surgery is needed to treat your heart disease.
Congenital Heart Disease Treatment
Our cardiovascular specialists have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating the most complex forms of adult congenital heart disease. In addition, with our vast medical resources and research track record, we provide you with a level of care that is second to none.
Request an Appointment
To schedule an appointment with a congenital heart disease specialist at UT Southwestern's facilities in Dallas or for more information about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.