Ohio State Wexner Medical Center has the country's largest dedicated team of specialists focused on adult congenital heart disease treatments and research. Ohio State and Nationwide Children’s Hospital partnered to develop on of the first Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) ACHD Accredited Comprehensive Care Centers. Our team is dedicated to providing high quality, individualized care, focusing not only on medical, but psycho-social needs of each and every patient.

Each patient is evaluated by an ACHD cardiologist and receives, as needed depending on their individual health, congenital cardiothoracic surgeons, electrophysiologists, cardiovascular imaging specialists, cardiac catheterization interventionalists, heart and lung transplant teams, pulmonary hypertension experts, high-risk obstetric care, cardiac and pulmonary rehab, social work and psychology, and more.

Our integrated approach means that each patient’s disease is treated individually and care is customized to their unique circumstances.
 

What is Congenital Heart Disease?

congenital heart defect is a condition that occurs when the heart – or blood vessels near the heart – do not develop normally before birth. Congenital heart defects are one of the most common birth defects, occurring in approximately one in 100 newborn infants. As a result of dramatic improvements in surgical and medical management of these conditions, it is estimated that there are approximately one million adults living in the United States with congenital heart disease (CHD).

Congenital Heart Disease Conditions

Our specialists understand how to treat all types of congenital heart defects.

Congenital heart defects include:

Rare defects include:

  • Hypoplastic heart (the right or left side of the heart is incompletely formed)
  • Having only one ventricle
  • The pulmonary artery and aorta arise from the same ventricle

Adult Congenital Heart Disease in Pregnancy 

Ohio State’s Adult Congenital Heart Disease in Pregnancy Program, led by a maternal fetal medicine physician specializing in high-risk pregnancies, is one of only a few programs nationwide that takes a team approach to caring for pregnant women with heart conditions. We work closely with a physician affiliated with the Women's Heart Health program at the Ross Heart Hospital who is dual board-certified in adult and pediatric cardiology, as well as an anesthesiologist specializing in obstetrics.

Ohio State has one of the largest adult congenital heart disease (CHD) programs in the nation dedicated to helping women with congenital heart defects and acquired heart conditions who are, or wish to become, pregnant.

Our Approach for Your Pregnancy

With a multidisciplinary approach, our specialists collaborate to develop the best pregnancy and delivery plan for each patient. 
Our goal is to ensure you receive the care you need:
  • Ongoing, routine checkups to prevent complications. Many patients grow into adulthood with congenital heart disease and consequences can occur due to the heart adapting over time. Those complications may include irregular heart rhythms, leaky valves, stroke, obstruction and even heart failure.
  • A specialized plan for your care, including family planning, exercise goals, monitoring symptoms, infection protection and genetic counseling.
  • A transition plan to help children and teens move smoothly into the adult congenital program that will follow them throughout their adult life. 

Our specialists understand how to treat all types of congenital heart defects. 

 

 

 

Cardiovascular Disease In Pregnancy

Personalized Heart Care Key to Reducing Pregnancy-Related Deaths

The rate of pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. has more than doubled over the past two decades, and the main cause is heart disease. Experts attribute the rise to an increase in women entering pregnancy with underlying heart issues including high blood pressure and diabetes.

Our leaders

Curt Daniels MD

Curt Daniels, MD

Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program

Curt Daniels, MD, is the director of the Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program and the Pulmonary Hypertension Program and Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Daniels specializes in adult congenital heart disease, connective tissue disorder, adolescent and young adult cardiology and pulmonary hypertension.

OurDoctors

Saurabh Rajpal, MBBS
4.9 out of 5

Saurabh Rajpal, MBBS

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Physician
  • Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital
(614) 293-7677
Scott Lilly, MD, PhD
4.8 out of 5

Scott Lilly, MD, PhD

  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Physician
  • Outpatient Care Upper Arlington
  • Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital
(614) 293-7677

Barry George, MD

  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Physician
(614) 293-7677

Sergio Carrillo Melendez, MD

  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Physician
  • Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital

Aarthi Sabanayagam, MBBS

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Physician
  • Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital
(614) 293-7677
Elisa Bradley, MD
4.9 out of 5

Elisa Bradley, MD

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Physician
  • Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital
(614) 293-4299

Mark Galantowicz, MD

  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Physician
(614) 722-3101
Curt Daniels, MD
4.9 out of 5

Curt Daniels, MD

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Physician
  • Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital
(614) 293-7677

Patrick McConnell, MD

  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Physician
  • Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital

Our Team

The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program uses a multidisciplinary team approach to address any specific issues to your care plan and to provide you with the best care. Our adult congenital heart disease experts collaborate with cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, heart failure and transplant specialists, women's heart experts, and pregnancy and heart disease experts.

Our team of cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and heart disease experts specialize in:

  • A full range of imaging techniques and diagnostic studies to diagnose and treat congenital heart defects
  • Cardiac catheterization and other minimally invasive procedures to treat defects of the heart and heart rhythm abnormalities
  • Surgical procedures including congenital heart surgery and heart transplantation