The Adult Congenital Heart Disease in Pregnancy Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center cares for pregnant women who have a congenital or acquired heart condition prior to pregnancy. We also treat women whose heart conditions are discovered during their pregnancies.
Our maternal fetal medicine physicians work with you, your primary Ob/Gyn and your cardiologist to coordinate your care. Your primary Ob/Gyn may continue to provide your routine care throughout your pregnancy. If, at any point in your pregnancy, you and your current Ob/Gyn decide to transfer the complete care of your pregnancy to our practice, we can manage your entire continuum of care, from routine exams through delivery and postpartum checkups.
Our Adult Congenital Heart Disease in Pregnancy Program Patients
Women who are born with a heart defect or who have developed a heart condition later in life are often advised against becoming pregnant, but for the majority of these women, a safe, healthy pregnancy and delivery is possible with careful management and monitoring.
For most of our patients, this can be difficult to believe, but making women aware of their actual pregnancy risks and the treatments we can provide to reduce those risks is a key part of our program.
Many of our patients are referred by their primary Ob/Gyn and clinics in central and southeast Ohio. Some come from as far as West Virginia, Kentucky and Florida. We also accept self-referrals.
Why Choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Adult Congenital Heart Disease in Pregnancy Program?
Ohio State’s Adult Congenital Heart Disease in Pregnancy Program has provided personalized care to women for more than 15 years. It is one of very few programs nationwide that takes a team approach to caring for pregnant women with heart conditions.
The program is led by a maternal fetal medicine physician specializing in high-risk pregnancies, working closely with a physician affiliated with the Women's Heart Health program at the Ross Heart Hospital
who is dual board-certified in both adult and pediatric cardiology and an anesthesiologist who specializes in obstetrics. Together, this team of physicians provides seamless care throughout your high-risk pregnancy.
As part of an academic medical center, the Adult Congenital Heart Disease in Pregnancy team offers our patients access to innovative research, medical expertise and the latest technologies and treatments. Our maternal fetal medicine physicians are actively involved in clinical research and have participated in the development and testing of many of the screening procedures and treatments we offer our patients.
Our Adult Congenital Heart Disease in Pregnancy Program Services
The team of physicians in the Adult Congenital Heart Disease in Pregnancy Program provides a variety of services, including:
Regular Monitoring – Depending on your condition, you will be seen regularly by our maternal fetal medicine physician. Your care team will evaluate your progress in monthly meetings.
Medications and Procedures – Depending on your specific situation, your treatment may include prescription of medications or surgical procedures to help maintain your heart’s stability during your pregnancy and delivery.
Prenatal Screening and Diagnosis
– Because women who are born with a heart condition are more likely to have a baby with a heart condition, we offer prenatal evaluations, including targeted ultrasound anatomy scans and fetal echocardiograms to identify any developmental abnormalities. Information learned during pregnancy about fetal abnormalities can be used to develop an individualized treatment and delivery plan before birth.
– Women with a heart condition are at risk of spontaneously delivering a premature baby, therefore they are often simultaneously monitored as part of Ohio State’s Prematurity Program.
Our Adult Congenital Heart Disease in Pregnancy Program Experts
Adult Congenital Heart Disease in Pregnancy Program Location
2050 Kenny Road, Fifth Floor Tower Building
Columbus, OH 43221