The Care of Children With Congenital Heart Disease in Their Primary Medical Home

Lantin-Hermoso, M. R.; Berger, S.; Bhatt, A. B.; Richerson, J. E.; Morrow, R.; Freed, M. D.; Beekman, R. H., 3rd

Pediatrics. 2017 Nov 1

Abstract

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth anomaly. With advances in repair and palliation of these complex lesions, more and more patients are surviving and are discharged from the hospital to return to their families. Patients with CHD have complex health care needs that often must be provided for or coordinated for by the primary care provider (PCP) and medical home. This policy statement aims to provide the PCP with general guidelines for the care of the child with congenital heart defects and outlines anticipated problems, serving as a repository of current knowledge in a practical, readily accessible format. A timeline approach is used, emphasizing the role of the PCP and medical home in the management of patients with CHD in their various life stages.

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