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Adult Congenital Heart Disease

The Kentucky Adult Congenital Heart (KACH) Program at the UK Gill Heart & Vascular Institute was started in early 2016 and is the only such program in Central Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. Our experts partner with you to provide personalized, adult-focused care and treatment of your congenital heart defect.

Adults born with heart defects face unique challenges. They outgrow their pediatric cardiologists, but their heart problems can be very different from cardiac conditions that begin during adulthood.

Take the first step toward lifelong care of your congenital heart condition. Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.

  • About Our Team

    Our KACH Program is led by Andrew R. Leventhal, MD, PhD, one of only a few adult congenital heart disease specialists in the nation. With broad cardiovascular disease experience – including heart valve repair, structural heart conditions and interventional cardiology – Dr. Leventhal provides personalized, expert management and treatment of your unique congenital heart condition. Dr. Leventhal collaborates with other Gill Heart & Vascular Institute experts to ensure you receive testing and treatments that address your unique heart condition.

  • What We Treat

    Specialists at the KACH program are experienced in treating a variety of congenital heart defects including the following:

    • Anomalous coronary arteries.
    • Anomalous pulmonary or systemic veins.
    • Aortic stenosis or regurgitation.
    • Pulmonary valve stenosis or regurgitation.
    • Mitral valve stenosis or regurgitation.
    • Atrial septal defect (ASD) & patent foramen ovale (PFO).
    • Bicuspid aortic valve.
    • Coarctation of the aorta.
    • Transposition of the great arteries (Mustard/Senning or arterial switch operations).
    • Congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (ccTGA or L-TGA).
    • Coronary or pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (coronary AVMs).
    • Ebstein anomaly.
    • Eisenmenger syndrome.
    • Fontan (“single ventricle”) patients.
    • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
    • Noonan’s syndrome.
    • Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA).
    • Subaortic stenosis.
    • Tetralogy of Fallot.
    • Truncus arteriosus.
    • Ventricular septal defect (VSD).
    • Any adult that had cardiac surgery as a child.
  • Catheter-based Procedures

    Catheters let us use tiny instruments to repair heart problems from inside the blood vessels.

    Treatments that once called for open-heart surgery with large incisions and long recovery times can now be done with small incisions during an outpatient or short-term hospital visit. This means patients tend to have less pain and recover much more quickly. At Gill, we offer the following catheter-based procedures:

    • Diagnostic/Interventional catheterization for complex congenital heart disease.
    • PFO closure.
    • ASD closure.
    • VSD closure.
    • PDA closure.
    • Stenting of coarctation of the aorta.
    • Balloon dilation of cardiac valves.
    • Transcatheter replacement of the pulmonary valve (and other cardiac valves).
    • Percutaneous management of vascular malformations.