Children’s Hospitals Treat Adult Heart Patients

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation across all pediatric specialties.  Specifically, the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s is recognized as the No. 3 pediatric heart program in the nation by both Parents magazine and U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” in 2012-13.  In a new twist, adult patients are also being treated in the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s and at many other children’s hospitals across the country. 

Thanks to research and medical advances, people born with congenital heart defects are living much longer than ever before, but their conditions are rarely “cured.”  They require lifelong care and follow-up to prevent complications that may occur as a result of their conditions.  Once they leave the pediatric system, they often do not receive the appropriate care they need, mainly because the focus on adult cardiology is on patients who have developed heart disease over time vs. those who were born with a malformation of the heart. 

It is estimated only a small percentage of the 600,000+ adult patients with complex congenital heart disease are receiving the appropriate follow-up care.  To fill this gap at Cincinnati Children’s, patients who reach age 18 transition to their Heart Institute’s Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program.  This affords them the ongoing care they need in a familiar setting without changing hospitals or physicians. 

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Seattle Children’s, Children’s Hospital Colorado, and Children’s National are also among the number of pediatric health institutes treating congenital heart disease among kids as well as adults.

References:  Business Courier – Cincinnati, OH , Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
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