Programs - Adult Congenital and Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic

Care We Provide

In the first half of the twentieth century, there was little effective therapy for individuals born with complex heart defects. Pioneering efforts to surgically repair congenital heart defects at the University of Minnesota in 1952 revolutionized the field and provided a platform for current treatments.

As therapies for congenital heart disease have continued to advance, life expectancies have also increased. In fact, the number of adults with congenital heart disease is now greater than the number of children with congenital heart disease in the United States. This rapid increase in adults with congenital heart disease has challenged pediatric and adult cardiologists.

Our clinic provides care for congenital heart disease as well as genetic and acquired conditions affecting the heart including the following:

Congenital Heart Defects

  • atrial septal defect (ASD)
  • coarctation of the aorta
  • congenital valvular disease
  • Ebstein anomaly
  • patent ductus arterioses (PDA)
  • single ventricle
  • tetralogy of Fallot
  • transposition of the great arteries
  • ventricular septal defect (VSD)

Genetic conditions affecting the heart

  • Trisomy 21 (Down’s syndrome)
  • DiGeorge
  • Marfan
  • Noonan
  • Turner syndrome
  • Williams syndrome

Inherited/familial cardiomyopathies - including those related to muscular dystrophy

Metabolic and storage disorders

  • Carnitine deficiency
  • Fabry disease
  • Pompe disease

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