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One out of a hundred babies is born with a malformation of the heart involving the chambers, valves and blood vessels. Almost all of them grow up to become adults thanks to medical and surgical advances, as well as expert care. But most still live with a chronic condition known as adult congenital heart disease (ACHD), which needs ongoing care.
A team of dedicated specialists provides special care for the ongoing survival and quality of life of ACHD patients. Our team is able to diagnose complications and treat them swiftly with open heart surgery, as well as other interventional procedures and comprehensive care.
The ACHD clinics and program make available comprehensive access to testing, intervention, surgery, psychological care, genetics, reproductive counseling and care, advance care planning and all other aspects of complete and comprehensive life-long care of an ACHD patient.
We provide care for all types of congenital heart defects ranging from the simple to the complex. Most of our patients have undergone more than two surgeries or procedures. Our team has dealt with various long-term complications such as heart rhythm disorders, heart failure, narrowed or leaky valves, high blood pressure in the lungs, liver disease, psychological and social challenges, and advance care issues. Our cardiologists and obstetricians also offer care to women with ACHD before, during and after pregnancy.
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Program Director: Rafael Alonso-Gonzalez, MD
Rachel Wald, MD
Fellowship Director: Rafael Alonso-Gonzalez, MD
Director ACHD Surgery: David Barron, MD
Krysten MillerPhone: 416 340 4871Fax: 416 340 5014Email:
Patient Referral InquiryPhone: 416 340 4800 ext. 6770
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