Carolinas HealthCare System

Why Choose Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute?

Advances in medicine allow babies and children born with congenital heart disease to live longer, healthier lives. As a result, more than one million adults in the United States are currently living with congenital heart disease, and this population is growing.

Unparalleled Expertise

Jorge Alegría, MD, is one of the few specially trained adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) cardiologists in the region. He leads a Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute team of cardiologists, surgeons, imaging specialists and nurses who understand the specific challenges you face.

Dr. Alegría works hand in hand with your referring cardiologist or primary care physician to develop your treatment plan.

Access to Clinical Trials for Congenital Heart Disease

Physicians at the Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, based in Charlotte, NC, participate in research and clinical trials, allowing us to bring our patients promising new treatments as quickly as possible.

Personalized Care Plans

The team at Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, led by Jorge R. Alegría, MD, discusses an aligned care plan with you and your primary care physician or cardiologist.

  • You visit Sanger one to two times a year, depending on the complexity of your heart disease or condition.
  • Congenital echocardiogram is performed at the time of clinical evaluation and further testing, such as cardiac MRI or CT, may be considered.
  • After we meet with you, we work with your current primary care physician or cardiologist to create a detailed care plan.

Full Spectrum of Care

Backed by the power of Carolinas HealthCare System, Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute provides the highest quality patient care, education and research. The Institute's collaborative partnerships with top physicians and world-class treatment yields care that covers the spectrum of patient need from diagnosis to treatment and well into recovery.