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Expert’s Corner: The Pediatric to Adult Heart Care Transition

Pediatric to adult transition Heart Center

Anne Marie Valente, MD, the outpatient director of the Boston Adult Congenital Heart Service (BACH), says there is no set age at which every person should transition from a pediatric cardiologist to an adult congenital specialist. “It’s a process that begins with teenagers increasingly taking ownership of their own care,” she says. “Lots of times, patients seek out an adult specialist because of a life event; for women, it’s often pregnancy. We want the transition to be a process and a partnership between the patient, family and cardiology teams.”

Valente says that pediatricians can assist with a heart patient’s transition to adult care by making the initial contact to the pediatric cardiologist proposing the idea. …Read More