New Specialized Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center Opens

The Congenital Heart Collaborative is expanding to care for the growing number of adults who are survivors of congenital heart disease (CHD). CHD, the most common birth defect affecting about 1% of babies, now has more adults with the disease than children – due to the advances in treatment.

Most of these patients have undergone repair during infancy and some in childhood. It's important to remember that these patients are not cured but only repaired and often require re-interventions. They are at increased risk of developing arrhythmias, stenosed or leaky valves, pulmonary hypertension, heart failure and premature death. Many of them have multiple comorbid medical & psychological issues that require care from dedicated specialists outside of adult cardiology. This expanding population needs lifelong follow-up with a specialized team of physicians and nurses who understand their unique complexities.

Pradeepkumar Charla, MD 
Pradeepkumar Charla, MD

Pradeepkumar Charla, MD, MS, certified in adult congenital heart disease, has recently joined the Collaborative from Toronto General Hospital as director of the new Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center at UH Rainbow. This highly specialized center will leverage the expertise and collaboration between the heart specialists at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital’s Congenital Heart Collaborative and UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute and the maternal fetal medicine experts at UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital.

The Adult Congenital Heart Center provides all-inclusive care for:

  • Adolescents with congenital heart disease who transition into adult congenital heart care
  • Adults with congenital heart disease
  • Patients with cardiovascular connective tissue disorders
  • Women with CHD who are pregnant or seeking to start a family
  • Patients with pulmonary hypertension related to congenital heart disease

With office locations at UH Rainbow in Cleveland, Ohio and soon to come at UH Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood, Ohio the ACHD Center team includes:

Pradeepkumar Charla, MD, MS, Director, certified in ACHD
Martin Bocks, MD, Director of Pediatric Interventional Cardiology, certified in ACHD
Walter Hoyt, Jr., MD, Pediatric Electrophysiology

For more information or to refer a patient, contact Dr. Charla at PradeepkumarCharla@UHhospitals.org  or 216-286-2243

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