Adult Congenital Heart Disease

For more than 30 years, the UCSF Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Practice has cared for adults patients with all types of congenital structural heart disease, ranging from simple to complex.

As breakthroughs in surgical treatment have enabled most children with severe congenital heart diseases to reach adulthood, these patients face a critical dilemma in transitioning from care in pediatric cardiology to adult cardiology. Because their conditions are complex, their care requires the collaboration of an experienced and dedicated team of health care providers with specific training in adult congenital heart disease.

Parallel to advances in surgery, the fields of interventional cardiology and electrophysiology have experienced significant growth, driven by technological improvements and better understanding of the mechanisms and intermediate -term results of individual procedures. Our cardiologists have special expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart lesions, whether or not they have been previously treated.

Conditions treated by the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program include (but are not limited to):

  • Aortic coarctation
  • Atrial septal defect
  • Ebstein anomaly
  • Eisenmenger syndrome
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Pulmonary stenosis
  • Single ventricle lesions including patients with a Fontan procedure
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Transposition of the great arteries • Tricuspid artesia
  • Ventricular septal defect