Our cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons perform procedures as routine as they are extraordinary, by utilizing a variety of advanced imaging and interventional techniques to diagnose and treat patients of all ages who are affected by congenital heart disease.
Programs and services include:
Adult Congenital Heart Program
The Adult Congenital Heart Program provides seamless, comprehensive care for adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD). It is the only program of its kind in Connecticut, and one of a few in the region.
We offer a formalized transition program for adolescent cardiology patients to assist in the transfer of care to our dedicated Adult Congenital Heart Program. We also welcome new patients with a history of heart surgery and those recently diagnosed with congenital heart disease as adults.
Our ACHD cardiologists understand congenital heart disease and work with specialists in adult heart failure, adult pulmonology, interventional cardiology, high-risk obstetrics, cardiogenetics, advanced cardiac imaging, cardiac transplantation, congenital cardiothoracic surgery and device experts as needed. Our congenital electrophysiologists offer potential curative therapies for life-threatening arrhythmias. Social work services, along with expert, advanced nursing personnel, help create a multidisciplinary approach to the finest patient care.
Congenital and acquired cardiovascular diseases that require surgical intervention are managed by our team of cardiovascular surgeons with expertise in congenital heart disease surgery for children and adults, with years of experience dedicated to this specialty.
The Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory is a nationally recognized leader for technological advances in diagnosis and intervention, treating young cardiac patients who would have otherwise required open-heart surgery. Our dedicated pediatric cardiac catheterization laboratory is the only pediatric hybrid catheterization laboratory in Connecticut. The laboratory routinely performs diagnostic and interventional catheterization procedures in children and adults with congenital heart disease, including transcatheter closure of intracardiac defects, as well as ballooning and stenting procedures for narrowed valves and vessels.
The completely digital Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory performs nearly 4,000 studies per year. It encompasses the transthoracic, 3D, transesophageal and intracardiac approaches. The Echocardiography Lab provides surgical and cath lab management of cardiac patients and receives referrals and consultations from patients and their families from throughout the state.
The Electrophysiology Service offers a full range of services to pediatric and adult congenital heart patients with arrhythmias. A dedicated expert team of physicians and nurse practitioners cares for patients with congenital arrhythmia syndromes, including:
- Long QT Syndrome
- Brugada Syndrome
- Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, and other rare channelopathies
- Supraventricular tachycardias
- Ventricular arrhythmias
State-of-the-art procedures include:
- Outpatient transcatheter ablation techniques
- 3D arrhythmia mapping
- Ablation using advanced intracardiac mapping systems
- Pacemaker, biventricular and defibrillator (ICD) device implantation
- Lead extractions
The Fetal Cardiovascular Center, the first of its kind in the United States, performs more than 1,000 fetal echocardiograms a year in women whose pregnancy may be affected by congenital heart disease and arrhythmia. Patients are evaluated by specialists of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and then receive a one-on-one consultation by a pediatric cardiologist who specializes in fetal cardiology. The Center affords families the opportunity to prospectively meet the entire team of physicians and nurses who will be involved in the labor and delivery as well as the newborn management of their child.
Yale-New Haven Children's Cardiac Services maintains regular clincs in Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. Cardiologists maintain regular clinics in New Haven, as well as in Brookfield, Guilford, New London, Norwich and Waterbury.