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Adult Congenital Heart Service

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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Contact Adult Congenital Heart Service


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Heart Center
Akron Children's Hospital Heart Center, Akron
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Level 5
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


What Should Families Expect When They Come for an Appointment?

At Akron Children’s, your child’s health and safety is our priority. Please continue to bring your child for wellness visits, vaccinations or sick care appointments that keep children healthy. We want to assure you that we have taken additional precautions to ensure a safe environment for your child and family. The following are additional safety efforts, in addition to our normal cleaning protocols, that we are taking to help you be comfortable bringing your child to an appointment.

Masking and Other Safety Protocols

Akron Children’s has a number of safety protocols in place for our patients and visitors in order to provide a safe hospital environment.

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Checking In and Screening of Visitors

Akron Children's now offers Mobile Check-in to limit your exposure to others. You'll receive a text an hour before your child's appointment arrival time. Click the link in the text when you reach the Akron Children's facility for your child's appointment. You will receive a confirmation text that reminds you to wait in your car. Once we determine appropriate spacing is available inside the building, you'll receive a third text to let you know it's OK to come in for your appointment.

Immediately upon entering the building, your temperature will be taken, either by a thermal scanner or a greeter who will also ask you a few questions.

If you are in a waiting room, you’ll notice signs and a limited number of chairs. This is to remind our patients to keep 6 feet of physical distance between your family and others.

Precautions If You Suspect Your Child Has COVID-19

Call your child’s healthcare professional if your child is sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Your health care professional will work with Ohio’s public health department and the CDC to determine if your child needs to be tested for COVID-19.

View all the safety precautions Akron Children's is taking.