If you were born with congenital heart disease, you may require specialized cardiac care as an adult. In patients with adult congenital heart disease (ACHD), heart health is often remarkably different from other patients.

ACHD can put you at risk of serious complications. Our clinic is one of the few where you’ll find the specialists, technologies, and experience your heart needs.

Why Choose Us for ACHD Care

  • Unmatched care in the region: Research shows patients live longer when treated in programs accredited by the Adult Congenital Heart Association. Ours is the only accredited ACHD care program in the region, and one of only a few in the nation.
  • All the specialists you need: ACHD is one of the most challenging and complex parts of heart care today. That’s why our clinic brings together every expert needed for your care.
  • Heart care for teens: Our team also helps adolescents with congenital heart disease as they transition to adult care. 
  • Experience you can trust: With more than 1,500 patients treated by our experts every year, your health is in the right hands.
At Loma Linda Medical Center ACHD program, we continue to write our history of success in taking care of a growing population of adults with congenital heart disease by providing them with the state of the art care they deserve.

Services We Offer

We offer treatment for the full spectrum of congenital heart diseases in adults. Depending on your condition, treatment may include: 

  • Adult congenital heart surgery, which includes a wide range of surgical techniques used to treat congenital heart defects.
  • Complex diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization, which uses a catheter (tube) to detect and treat problems in your heart.
  • Complex arrhythmia management, to manage and treat heart rhythm problems (including inherited arrhythmias)
  • Cardiac imaging, which includes a variety of imaging techniques to detect problems and guide procedures.
  • Advanced heart failure therapies, treatments used when your heart isn’t pumping enough blood (like mechanical circulatory support and cardiac transplantation).
  • Management of pulmonary hypertension, high blood pressure in arteries between the lungs and heart. This includes treatment for patients with problems caused by untreated congenital heart defects (known as Eisenmenger syndrome). 
  • Cardiovascular genetics program, which provides diagnosis and treatment for genetic conditions like Marfan syndrome, Loeys-Dietz syndrome, and Ehler-Danlos syndrome.
  • Reproductive health, fertility management, and high-risk pregnancy management, with collaboration from maternal fetal medicine (MFM) specialists.
  • Transition of care for adolescents, helping teens with congenital heart disease switch to adult care.

Our Team

If you have ACHD, you’re at risk of unique and complex complications to your heart health. These complications can make your care incredibly challenging for a team that isn’t specialized in ACHD care. Our team includes a range of specialists working together to provide you personalized, effective care. Depending on your condition, you care team may include:

  • ACHD specialists
  • Congenital heart disease surgeons
  • Electrophysiologists, experts in treating arrhythmias
  • Interventional cardiologists, experts in treating heart tissue diseases
  • Maternal fetal medicine specialists, who provide care to pregnant moms and their babies
  • Geneticists, who can diagnose and manage congenital diseases passed down in your genes

What to Expect

You can expect our full support at every step of your care. Your physical, mental, and spiritual health are a priority for each member of our team, starting from your first visit.

Your First Visit

At your first visit, we'll get to know you and your unique needs. We'll evaluate your health and medical history, then determine if you need any further testing.

Diagnosis

Our goal is to get you an accurate diagnosis quickly, using the least invasive procedures possible. We'll help you understand what your results mean and what comes next.

Treatment

Your treatment plan is tailored to best fit your condition, health, and recovery goals. We'll go over your options, assemble the team of experts you need, and get started.

Follow-Up

We'll guide you through ongoing treatment and recovery, whether you need follow-up appointments, procedures, support services, or help managing symptoms.

Take the Next Step

If you have a congenital heart disease, don’t wait to get the care you need. Call us at 844-400-2243 to learn more or refer a patient.