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Congenital Heart Disease

Put Your Heart in the Right Place

Get help for your heart or peripheral vascular condition, and find out how you can manage your heart health. Talk with the cardiac specialists at Cottage Health. Call our heart and vascular care center at 1-844-51-HEART.

When you or a loved one experience a congenital heart defect, get top-quality care close to home—at Cottage Health on California’s Central Coast. Trust the expertise of our skilled interventional cardiologists who use a variety of transcatheter procedures to improve your health.

Minimally Invasive Techniques for Congenital Heart Defects

Thin, flexible tubes known as catheters serve as the foundation for minimally invasive techniques that address a variety of congenital heart defects. In transcatheter procedures, your doctors and surgeons use tiny medical tools threaded through these bendable tubes and into your blood vessels to reach the area of the heart that needs attention.

Repairing Structural Heart Defects

The two chambers of a normally functioning heart ensure that blood from the arteries and blood from the veins remain separate. Structural heart defects create holes in the heart, present at birth, that allow blood from the two chambers to mix inappropriately. The results can cause a variety of symptoms and syndromes, such as stroke.

At Cottage Health, interventional cardiologists in our Structural Heart Disease Program diagnose and treat congenital heart defects such as:

What to Expect

During transcatheter procedures, a small opening in the skin near the groin allows a catheter to reach the affected area of the heart. Then, an umbrella-like device opens in the chambers of the right and left atria or ventricles. The umbrella tightly seals to the normal surrounding heart wall and covers the heart hole.

Meet Our Heart & Vascular Doctors

The Heart and Vascular Center at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is a nationally recognized regional destination for cardiovascular expertise and medical management of complex heart and vascular conditions.

The Meet the Doctors seminars give you an opportunity to learn about conditions of the heart and the latest treatment options. The healthy conversations include a 45-minute presentation by a physician, followed by ample time for questions.

The session is free. Please register in advance by calling us at 1-844-51-HEART.