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Adult Congenital Heart Disease

At UVA, we diagnose and treat congenital (structural) heart defects at all ages and help you manage your condition through every stage of your life.

You may not know you have a heart condition. That's why we offer genetic testing to spot these conditions before they become a problem.

Learn how we treat congenital heart defects at UVA Children's Hospital. 

Congenital Heart Services at UVA

You’ll have to manage your congenital heart disease as you get older, and you may require help from a variety of specialists. At UVA, a group of experts provides care in a single location, the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic.

We provide:

  • Comprehensive evaluation, management and imaging
  • Advanced drug therapies and devices for heart failure
  • Minimally invasive, interventional cardiac catheterization
  • A full spectrum of electrophysiology (heart rhythm) services
  • One of the largest cardiovascular surgery programs in the mid-Atlantic region

One Cyclist's Story With HCM

John Reynolds, an avid cyclist, felt dizzy and short of breath after a few rides. He was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM. View John's heart condition transcript.

Cardiovascular Screening & Genetic Testing

Our Cardiovascular Genetics Program provides genetic testing that can help determine who in your family is at risk for congenital heart defects. Our specialists meet with you and your family to understand the diagnosis and discuss treatment options.

Heart Genetics
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About 1.3 million Americans have some kind of an genetic heart or vascular disease. Genetic testing or cardiovascular screening is the first step in identifying and addressing that risk.

Get screened

John Reynolds suffered from HCM

UVA is the only designated hypertrophic cardiomyopathy Center of Excellence by the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association. HCM is a genetic disease that leads to abnormally thickened heart muscle, which makes it harder to pump blood.

Testing and treatment for HCM

PFO Closure
cardiovascular surgeons consulting with physicians

Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a condition in which a hole in the heart allows blood from one heart chamber to leak into the other chamber. This may increase your possibility of having a stroke.

Learn about PFO and management

Elite Care for Athletes

Intense training and competition can pose serious risks to the heart. Genetic testing can help determine if you have a possible heart problem. Some conditions are harmless. Some athletes develop “athlete’s heart,” wherein the heart muscle is enlarged due to intense training. It can be mistaken for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a serious genetic heart disease. UVA is Virginia's only designated HCM Center of Excellence by the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association