Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic

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Providing a smooth transition for children to adult congenital cardiology care

The UI Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic (ACHD) provides comprehensive, specialized care for adults living with congenital heart disease. Since 1982, our clinic has provided a smooth transition for children to adult cardiology care with continuity of staff and facilities. Our patients require lifelong cardiac care by specialists who understand the complicated, unique anatomy of their hearts, and know the latest method for follow-up and treatment. Our specialists are familiar with the complex problems adults may face such as the need for surgical revision, catheterization and intervention, rhythm disturbances, and exercise limitations. 

Services provided by the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic include:

  • Pregnancy counseling/fetal echocardiograms
  • Care of patients with connective tissue disorders and dilated aortas
  • Treatment of rhythm disturbances/pacemakers
  • Exercise, nutrition, and preventive cardiology counseling
  • Assessment for noncardiac surgery
  • Cardiac catheterization and interventions; nonsurgical percutaneous valve placement, stents placement, septal occluders, and other types of interventions.
  • Referral for state of the art surgical treatment and postoperative intensive care at UI Hospitals & Clinics.

There are approximately one million adults living with congenital heart disease in the United States, surpassing the number of children.

Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) Accreditation

University of Iowa is proud to have earned accreditation from the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA), a nationwide organization focused on connecting patients, family members, and healthcare providers to form a community of support and a network of experts with knowledge of congenital heart disease.

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Patient Stories

  • Maggie's story: Patient to nurse

    Maggie Behounek as a nurse Growing up, Maggie was no stranger to the children's hospital. She now works in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, delivering the same excellent level of patient-centered care that she had once received herself.Read more

Locations and Contact

  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    Pediatric Specialty Clinic, 2400 Colloton Pavilion
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    In House Directions: Elevator F, Level 2
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • 1-319-356-2229
    • 1-319-356-1616 (On evenings/weekends: page pediatric cardiology fellow)
    • 1-319-356-2017 (Pediatric cardiothoracic surgery appointments or consultations)