Congenital Heart Disease

Also known as: Congenital Heart Defects

When the heart or blood vessels near the heart do not develop normally before birth, a condition called congenital heart defect occurs.

Congenital heart defects occur in about 8 percent to 10 percent of every 1,000 infants. About 1,000,000 adults in the United States have congenital heart disease.

Typically, the cause is unknown. However, sometimes a viral infection, environmental or hereditary factors may contribute to the condition.

Providence brings together the skills of specialists in the areas of cardiology, cardiac surgery and cardiac anesthesiology to deliver expert personalized care for infants, children and adolescents, and adults with congenital heart disease. Our specialists offer a wealth of experience in traditional procedures, as well as innovative techniques, all performed with state-of-the-art technology.


  • Fetal 
  • Transthoracic
  • Transesophageal
  • Intracardiac

Cardiac Catheterization

  • Diagnostic catheterizations 
  • Interventional catheterizations 

Cardiac Arrhythmia Evaluation and Intervention

  • Electrocardiogram 
  • Holter monitor 
  • Ambulatory monitor 
  • Exercise stress treadmill 
  • Electrophysiology study 
  • Radiofrequency ablation 
  • Transvenous pacemaker implantation 
  • Pacemaker interrogation 
  • Pacemaker programming 

Fetal Cardiac Evaluation and Consultation

Congenital Heart Surgery

Performed by pediatric heart surgeons - Providence Northwest Heart & Lung Surgical Specialists

  • Complex atrial septal defect 
  • Tetralogy of fallot 
  • Atrioventricular canal defect 
  • Ventricular septal defect 
  • Double outlet right ventricle 
  • Coarctation of the aorta 
  • Interrupted aortic arch 
  • Transposition of the great arteries 
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome 
  • Tricuspid valve atresia 
  • Double inlet left ventricle 
  • Complex single ventricle anatomy 
  • Total anomalous pulmonary venous return 
  • Epicardial pacemaker 
  • Cardiac valve replacements 
  • Glenn shunt palliation (cavopulmonary anastomosis) 
  • Fontan palliation 
  • Unusual cardiac anomalies/malformations 

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