Connecticut Adult Congenital Heart Service
Each year, nearly 40,000 babies are born in the United States with congenital heart defects, such as underdeveloped heart chambers or valves. The successful treatment of children with congenital heart defects has led to an increasing number of adults who now require specialized heart care.
To offer comprehensive, dedicated care to this growing population, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center partnered with Hartford Hospital to form the Connecticut Adult Congenital Heart (CTACH) Service.
Specialized, Lifelong Care
Advances in medical and surgical care help most children born with serious congenital heart defects survive long into adulthood. When it comes time for a patient with a congenital heart defect to transition from a pediatric cardiologist to an adult cardiologist, it can be difficult to find a doctor who understands their unique anatomy and typical complications that may occur.
Connecticut Children’s multidisciplinary team of adult congenital cardiologists, in collaboration with nephrologists, gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, pulmonologists and other internal medicine specialists, offer a full-range of inpatient and outpatient clinical services to adults with congenital heart disease, from diagnosis to cardiac catheterization and surgical repair.
Connecticut Children’s Adult Congenital Heart Service provides lifelong care for adults living with congenital heart defects, including:
- Outpatient clinical management 5 days a week
- Outpatient and inpatient heart failure management
- Catheter-based congenital heart disease interventions
- Adult congenital heart disease arrhythmia management using catheter and device-based therapies
- Heart transplant program in affiliation with Hartford Hospital
- Cardiac imaging experts, including congenital echocardiography and cardiac MRI
- High-risk maternal fetal medicine service, geared toward pregnant adult congenital heart disease patients
- Dedicated adult congenital heart disease nurse
- Service for inherited diseases of the aorta
- Comprehensive management of pulmonary hypertension
- Cardio-pulmonary exercise physiology laboratory
- Adult congenital heart disease transition program
The CTACH program is based at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. It has 24/7 on-call adult congenital heart disease experts available to serve patients. The CTACH service can be reached by calling 860.545.9400.
For Referring Providers
The CTACH Team
Shailendra Upadhyay, MD, CEPS, FHRS
Medical Director, Division of Pediatric Cardiology860.545.9400
Director, Connecticut Adult Congenital Heart Service
Director, Electrophysiology Laboratory and Arrhythmia Service
Practice Name: Connecticut Children's Specialty Group
Cynthia Hutt, RN Pacemaker Nurse