Midwest Adult Congenital Cardiac Center

Ninety percent of children born with heart defects are now expected to live to adulthood and beyond, thanks to surgical and medical breakthroughs. The Midwest Adult Congenital Cardiac Center (MACC) Program was created to treat these adult and adolescent survivors.

Kirsten Dummer, MD is part of a small handful of pediatric cardiologists in the U.S. with a specialty in treating adolescent and adult survivors of pediatric heart defects. The program also is staffed with other multidisciplinary physicians and health professionals.

The program treats those diagnosed in childhood as well as adults with heart defects present since birth, but previously undiagnosed. At least 10 percent of all congenital heart defects are first discovered in adulthood. Many are detected during pregnancy, when the heart is strained due to increased volume of blood, or are identified by family practice and internal medicine physicians.

The MACC program includes:

  • A multi-disciplinary team of physicians and clinicians who evaluate patients’ entire well-being
  • Outreach and education for adults as they transition from adolescence to adulthood
  • Participation in research to identify best practices for adult patients with congenital heart disease

To schedule an appointment at the clinic or for more information, please call Children’s Heart Clinic at 1-800-938-0301.