Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic
The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic was developed to focus on the many types of congenital heart defects. They include:
- Abnormal passages in the heart or between blood vessels
- Problems with the heart valves
- Problems with the placement or development of blood vessels near the heart
- Problems with development of the heart itself, such as:
Atrial septal defect (ASD) is a hole in the wall that separates the upper chambers of the heart. This causes blood to leak from one atrium to the other.
Ventricular septal defect (VSD) is a hole in the wall that separates the lower chambers of the heart. This causes blood to leak from one ventricle to the other.
Atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD) includes an ASD, VSD, and abnormal development of the atrioventricular valves (tricuspid (tri-CUSS-pid) and mitral (MI-trul)). This causes blood to flow abnormally inside the heart. An AVSD is also known as an atrioventricular canal defect.
Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a persistent connection between the aorta and the pulmonary artery. This connection is called the ductus arteriosus and is normally present before birth. In most babies, the vessel closes within a few hours or days after birth. In some children, the vessel fails to close, resulting in PDA.
The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic offers the resources of pediatric and adult cardiologists for the treatment and medical management of patients over the age of 18 who:
- Have a congenital heart defect
- Have had surgery to treat congenital heart defect
- Require follow-up treatment for congenital heart disease, including invasive procedures such as PDA closure and ASD closure
- Need any of the following: EKG, an echocardiogram, a TEE, percutaneous PFO/ASD closures, an MRI, a coronary CT angiogram, medical management or a diagnostic heart catheterization.
Thomas Forbes, MD, and Mark Lebeis, MD
Thomas Forbes, MD, and Mark Lebeis, MD, are the physician specialists at the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic, a collaboration with Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
Dr. Forbes trained as a pediatric resident at Creighton/University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and completed his pediatric cardiology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. He also completed an interventional catheterization fellowship at Northwestern University Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Forbes is certified in pediatric cardiology and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.
Dr. Lebeis received his medical degree from the University of Michigan. He completed his residency at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston and a fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He is a cardiologist specializing in echocardiography to examine the chambers of the heart, as well as valves, blood vessels and pericardium. He is board-certified in both internal medicine and cardiovascular disease.
Appointments for the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic at the Providence Heart Institute in Southfield may be scheduled by calling 248-849-2000. The clinic is open the second and fourth Fridays of the month.