What to Expect From Norton Children’s Heart Institute Adult Congenital Heart Disease Services

Treatment for congenital heart disease in adults requires providers with unique training and experience. Our physicians and other caregivers screen for complications and create custom plans for therapy and interventions, such as surgery. We collaborate with pediatric and adult specialists, and make your quality of life our top priority.

Access to Services for Treatment of Congenital Heart Disease in Adults

  • Open heart and minimally invasive heart surgery
  • Diagnostic and interventional catheterization
    • Patent foramen ovale and atrial septal defect closure
    • Melody valve implantation
  • Electrophysiology and pacing
    • Complex ablations
    • Complex anatomical lead placement
    • Cardiac resynchronization therapy
    • Automatic implantable cardioverter/defibrillator placement
  • Echocardiography services
  • Advanced diagnostic imaging, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT)
  • Exercise
    • Stress testing
    • Stress and perfusion imaging
    • Exercise counseling
    • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Cardiac care during pregnancy
    • Congenital and acquired heart disease
    • All cardiac-related pregnancy needs
    • Coordinated care with maternal-fetal medicine specialists
    • Prepregnancy counseling
  • Transplant
    • Coordination with congenital and adult heart failure and transplant teams
    • Ventricular assist device program
  • Multidisciplinary teams
    • Adult and pediatric cardiologists
    • Adult and pediatric hospitalists and intensivists
    • High-risk obstetric specialists
    • Genetics specialists
    • Specialists in adult dentistry, gastroenterology, hematology, infectious diseases, nephrology, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, primary care, psychiatry/psychology, pulmonology and surgery
    • Nutrition specialists
  • Social services to improve quality of life and access to care
    • Financial guidance
    • Health care insurance
    • Psychological assistance
  • Transition program
  • Pulmonary hypertension/Eisenmenger syndrome program
  • Single ventricle
  • Research

Why Choose Norton Children’s Heart Institute

The Adult Congenital Heart Association has recognized Norton Children's Heart Institute for its expertise treating adult congenital heart disease.

  • Norton Children’s Hospital has been a pioneer in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, performing Kentucky’s first pediatric heart transplant in 1986 and becoming the second site in the United States to perform an infant heart transplant.
  • The American Board of Thoracic Surgery has certified our cardiothoracic surgeons in congenital heart surgery.
  • The Adult Congenital Heart Association has accredited Norton Children’s Heart Institute’s Adult Congenital Heart Program as the only comprehensive care center in Kentucky and Indiana treating adults born with a heart defect.
  • More than 5,000 children a year visit Norton Children’s Heart Institute for advanced heart care.
  • Norton Children’s Heart Institute has offices across Kentucky and Southern Indiana to bring quality pediatric heart care closer to home.
  • The Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at Norton Children’s Hospital is the largest dedicated CICU in Kentucky, equipped with 17 private rooms and the newest technology available for heart care.
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