Established in 1994, Inova's Adult Congenital Heart Program was one of the first programs in the country to care for patients with congenital heart disease. Today it offers complete continuity of care for adults with a variety of congenital heart defects, including those complicated by heart rhythm problems, heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. The areas of specialization include:
Advanced Cardiac Therapies: Inova's end-stage heart failure program offers mechanical cardiac assist programs, including the only Joint Commission certified ventricular assist device (VAD) program, as well as heart and lung transplantation. Inova Pulmonary Hypertension Program was one of the first in the country accredited as a Comprehensive Care Center by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association to care for adults with congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension.
Adult Congenital Cardiac Catheterization: Cardiac surgeons and interventional cardiologists perform advanced procedures such as the minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), repairing coarctation of the aorta, atrial septal defect (ASD) closure and catheter-based pulmonary valve replacement.
Adult Congenital Electrophysiology: Electrophysiologists with specialized expertise in management of adults with congenital heart disease treat all types of arrhythmias. Our Atrial Fibrillation Program features the Maze surgical procedure and rigorous patient follow-up. We also place biventricular pacemakers to resynchronize the heart and improve myocardial dysfunction.
Maternal Fetal Medicine: Inova’s high-risk obstetric specialists carefully manage women with congenital heart disease during pregnancy. The team also cares for women carrying a baby with suspected congenital heart disease that may require specialized pediatric care after birth. This includes specialized care for the mother and baby during labor, delivery, and post-natal care of the newborn.