At Duke, all of the current methods of treating adults with congenital heart disease are available.
Home to the state's busiest interventional catheterization lab, we perform both pediatric and congenital procedures and specialize in advanced methods, including the use of catheter-based devices. These devices can be used to close holes or connections in the heart or to open blocked heart valves or blood vessel obstructions without surgical intervention.
Our cardiologists are experts in performing catheter-based treatments of congenital defects that have historically required open-heart surgery, including:
Atrial septal defect (ASD): Heart Center faculty studied and developed catheter-based devices for treating ASD, and since 2001, our specialists have performed more than 600 of these procedures in adults and more than 400 in children -- with minimal significant perioperative morbidity and mortality.
Patent foramen ovale (PFO):Duke is participating in a number of clinical trials examining the safety and effectiveness of catheter-based PFO devices, PFO closure in patients with migraines, and PFO closure in patients on oxygen therapy.
Percutaneous valve implantation: Duke is one of the only centers in the country offering 2 types of percutaneous pulmonary valves as an alternative to surgery.
Ventricular septal defects (VSD): Duke is one of only a handful of centers implanting the new, FDA-approved muscular VSD device. We also offer the ventricular septal rupture device to some acute MI patients.
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Patients with congenital heart disease have issues with the electrical system of the heart and may have abnormal heart rhythms. At Duke, there are cardiologists who specialize in these problems and address them in a noninvasive manner, including:
Call 888-ASK-DUKE (888-2725-3853) to schedule an appointment with a Duke heart specialist near you.
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