Congenital heart disease is a malformation of your heart involving your heart chambers, heart valves or major blood vessels that is present at birth. Congenital heart diseases can range from simple to complex and can occur alone or in groups, depending on how your heart developed.

Most congenital heart diseases can be repaired or improved with surgery. Some congenital heart diseases require no treatment. Many people who have congenital heart disease live full and healthy lives.

  • Experience in treatments. For more than 60 years, heart specialists (cardiologists) at Mayo Clinic have evaluated and treated thousands of children and adults who have congenital heart disease. Heart surgeons perform hundreds of operations each year to treat congenital heart diseases.
  • Experience in transplants. When needed, Mayo Clinic also offers an experienced heart transplant program. Cardiologists, heart surgeons and other specialists work together closely on a daily basis to care for people who have congenital heart disease.
  • Specialized, ongoing care. Each Mayo Clinic location offers treatment for adults who have congenital heart disease. The Center for Congenital Heart Disease at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota treats adults and children who have all types of congenital heart disease.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for heart and heart surgery.

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Specialists in cardiovascular diseases, cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, and the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at Mayo Clinic in Arizona treat adults who have some forms of congenital heart disease.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 800-446-2279 (toll-free) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

Specialists in cardiovascular diseases, cardiothoracic surgery, and the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Florida treat adults who have some forms of congenital heart disease.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 904-953-0853 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

Mayo Clinic in Minnesota is one of the world's leading centers for congenital heart disease treatment. For more than 60 years specialists have evaluated and treated thousands of children and adults who have congenital heart disease. Heart surgeons have performed more than 18,000 operations to repair congenital heart defects. Each year, heart surgeons perform more than 500 operations to repair congenital heart defects.

The doctors in the Center for Congenital Heart Disease manage all aspects of complex congenital heart disease, including cyanotic heart disease and pulmonary hypertension, and pregnancy and contraception. They work with specialists from pediatric cardiovascular diseases, cardiovascular diseases, cardiovascular surgery, anesthesiology, radiology, maternal fetal medicine and the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic to care for people of all ages. The same group of doctors cares for people who have congenital heart disease from birth to old age.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 507-538-3270 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

Doctors with training in treating children who have heart disease (pediatric cardiologists), surgeons and other specialists work together in the Center for Congenital Heart Disease at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to care for children who have congenital heart diseases.

For more than 60 years, Mayo Clinic doctors have been treating congenital heart disease in children and adolescents. Each year, heart specialists treat more than 5,000 children and adolescents who have congenital heart disease. Heart surgeons perform more than 350 operations each year to treat congenital heart disease. Doctors and researchers have contributed many developments in congenital heart disease treatment, including helping to create the subspecialty of pediatric cardiology.

Children with congenital heart disease are cared for in the Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. The hospital includes a 25-bed cardiovascular unit dedicated to pre- and postsurgical care of children who have congenital heart disease. More than 60 nurses with training in treating children and adolescents who have congenital heart disease staff the unit. In the hospital, child life specialists help you and your child deal with natural fears about illness, medical procedures and hospital care.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 507-538-3270 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

See information on patient services at the three Mayo Clinic locations, including transportation options and lodging.

Mayo Clinic researchers develop new treatments for people who have congenital heart disease, evaluate treatment effectiveness and study the genetic causes of some of those diseases. Mayo Clinic researchers have published hundreds of articles describing the long-term results of treatments for many congenital heart diseases.

Publications

See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic doctors on congenital heart disease on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Nov. 19, 2012