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Adult Congenital Heart Service

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Living with congenital heart disease requires special attention to even the most ordinary life events and medical procedures, such as a pregnancy or dental visit. We offer adults with congenital heart disease comprehensive diagnostics, lifestyle counseling, medical management and interventional and surgical treatment for the full spectrum of conditions related to CHD.

Specialized care.

Adults who were born with heart defects have different medical concerns than adults who acquire heart disease as they age. They may have holes in their heart, narrow or absent blood vessels, malformed heart valves, or a reversal or absence of important heart structures.

Akron Children's Hospital's team of experts specializes in the complex anatomy and heart function of adults with CHD. We provide this specialized care in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic Adult Congenital Heart team, through a combined program known as the Pediatric and Adult Congenital Heart Center.

Our collaboration ensures adults with CHD receive the most advanced diagnostics and treatment close to home throughout northern Ohio.

And with a focus on education and counseling, we also empower you to monitor your own health and deal with the non-cardiac issues that often accompany congenital heart disease, such as participation in sports and exercise, reproductive issues, and psychosocial issues.

Caring for women with heart defects.

Women with congenital heart disease have unique needs in terms of contraception, pregnancy and monitoring. They’re also at higher risk of having children born with heart disease.

That’s why when a woman with CHD becomes pregnant, she typically requires specialized surveillance, prenatal care and possibly treatment as a result of the many changes her body undergoes during pregnancy.

Our team of adult congenital cardiologists, fetal cardiologists, high-risk obstetricians and other specialists helps create the healthiest pregnancy possible. We have experience in congenital heart imaging, electrophysiology, minimally invasive catheterization and cardiovascular surgery.

We also provide pre-pregnancy counseling, as well as contraception and genetic counseling.

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Heart Center
Akron Children's Hospital Heart Center, Akron
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-3850
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
John Lane
John Lane, MD, FACC

Director, Pediatric Cardiology and Adult Congenital Heart Service; Pediatric Cardiologist; Sunrise Chair in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

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Ashish Saini, MD, FACC

Pediatric & Adult Congenital Cardiologist