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Congenital heart defects – heart problems you’re born with – can impact your entire life. That’s why Atrium Health Levine Children’s and Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute offer lifelong care. Our highly specialized doctors use the latest therapies and approaches to help patients with conditions like yours live healthy and fulfilling lives.

Our program is an ACHD Accredited Comprehensive Care Center. We are the only program in the region to have this recognition and one of less than 50 in the country.

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To learn more about adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) care at Levine Children's, contact us 704-373-1813.

Monitoring and treatment

We offer comprehensive services for all ACHD patients, including:

  • Routine monitoring: Our patients come in for regular checkups where we monitor for any signs of complications from ACHD. This includes studying your heart’s rhythm and repair to ensure everything is working properly.
  • Catheterization: Atrium Health is home the Ganatra Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Suite, one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in our region. Catheters are long, thin tubes that make measurements, diagnose and often treat heart problems. If you had surgery for conditions like narrow heart valves, leaky heart valves or valves that don’t work properly, you may need follow-up procedures as an adult. Our doctors can perform many of these with a catheter – this allows patients to avoid open-heart surgery and heal faster.
  • Imaging: We use echocardiograms to study your surgical repair and the function of your heart. We also use CT scans, MRIs and other imaging procedures to ensure your heart is healthy and look for signs of problems.
  • Surgery: Performing another surgery on people who’ve already had heart surgery can be highly complex. Our team has done more surgeries on ACHD patients than anyone in the region. And we have a strong track record of helping these patients have successful surgeries and healthy futures, even with the most complex procedures.
  • Supportive services: We support patients through every aspect of their care – from helping maintain a balanced diet to connecting families with financial resources if they need help paying for care.

Why choose Levine Children's?

  • Expertise. Levine Children’s and Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute are home to the only doctors in our region who are fellowship-trained to care for ACHD patients. This means our team is backed by highly specialized training and knows the best ways to care for ACHD patients at every stage of life.

  • Lifelong care. As patients become older teenagers and young adults, we help them smoothly transition into our adult care program at Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute. We’ll support you from your teens through adulthood and address all your health needs along the way.

  • Advanced tools and technologies. We use the latest imaging and screening tools to monitor your heart for any signs of illness. For example, we use a high-resolution CT and MRI, so we can see precise details of your heart and pinpoint any problems.

  • Genetic counseling and obstetrics support. If you have ACHD and you’d like to start a family, we’re here to help. We work with patients and their partners to understand how pregnancy can affect their health, as well as their risk of having a child with a congenital heart defect. And we’ll support you through pregnancy and for years to come.

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