Heart Institute

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at Children's Hospital Colorado


Because of improved treatment for kids with congenital heart disease, the majority of babies born with even the most complex heart defects are surviving into adulthood. Recent advancements in diagnosis, surgery, interventional procedures and medication mean that more and more kids with heart defects are growing up to lead full, active lives.

Experts working together to treat adult congenital heart disease

Children’s Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado School of Medicine and University of Colorado Hospital have teamed up to create the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program that brings together renowned experts from both hospitals. This multidisciplinary, collaborative program enables us to provide the best possible care for adolescent and adult patients with congenital heart disease.

As part of the program, heart doctors and surgeons work together at both hospitals and utilize resources from both facilities to provide optimal care that neither institution could provide alone. Outpatient visits, surgeries and procedures take place at Children’s Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado Hospital based on the needs of each patient. We also help ensure a smooth transition from a pediatric to an adult hospital setting when the time is right for our adult patients.

Learn more about adult congenital heart disease.

Treating heart disease in adults

Treatment options for adult congenital heart disease include:

Caring for women with heart defects

Women with congenital heart defects have unique needs in terms of contraception, pregnancy and monitoring. Women with adult congenital heart disease are also at a higher risk of having children born with heart disease. That’s why when a woman with a heart problem becomes pregnant, she will likely require specialized surveillance, prenatal care and possibly treatment due to the many changes the body undergoes during pregnancy.

Our Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program offers an entire care team dedicated to women. The multidisciplinary team includes adult congenital cardiologists who specialize in pregnancy and heart disease in high-risk moms, fetal cardiologists, obstetricians, perinatologists, pediatricians, geneticists and anesthesiologists. Such a collaborative approach helps create the healthiest pregnancy possible during such an important time for a mom and her baby.