Adult Congenital Heart Program
The Tampa Bay Adult Congenital Heart Program
The Tampa Bay Adult Congenital Heart Center is an ACHA ACHD-accredited Comprehensive Care Center. This accreditation through the Adult Congenital Heart Association demonstrates the highest quality of care that our physicians can provide for adults living with congenital heart disease. Part of the Heart Institute, this unique program is a collaboration between St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and Pediatric Cardiology Associates. We care for over 2,000 patients with corrected and uncorrected congenital heart disease.
The Importance of Expert Follow-Up Care
Unfortunately, while medical advances have allowed those born with congenital heart defects to survive into adulthood, many of those who have had surgical repairs as children may not be getting appropriate follow up care. Adults with congenital heart disease are at increased risk for cardiac problems that arise years after correction and increase in frequency over long periods.
Non-cardiac medical conditions such as pregnancy or non-cardiac surgical procedures require special management for these patients that is not necessary in the general population. In part, this lack of follow up care is because there are not enough physicians available with the expertise to treat adults with complex congenital heart disease, but also, many adults do not know they need regular follow up care because they believe that repair of a congenital defect is a cure, which it is not.
Congenital Heart Defects: The St. Joseph's Team Approach
Our medical team is comprised of board-certified pediatric cardiologists, adult congenital heart disease cardiologists, along with colleagues specializing in congenital heart surgery, advanced cardiac imaging, cardiac electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, advanced heart failure, cardiac intensive care and cardiac anesthesia. Our multidisciplinary team also includes dedicated ACHD advanced practice nurses.
Collaboration between pediatric and adult cardiology provides easy transition between children's and adult services for our patients with congenital heart disease. St. Joseph’s Hospital has access with all adult internal medicine and adult sub-specialties including ancillary services and a great partnership with social workers to provide comprehensive services to our patients.
We have formed a team-approach to caring for our patients, forming a close alliance with surgeons, primary care providers, high-risk obstetricians, dentists, and other allied health services such as social workers specializing in congenital heart disease to provide the complex, cohesive, quality care our patients need, even to those with the rarest of congenital defects. Our care coordinators are experienced and dedicated to providing support to assure the welfare of our patients and coordinating necessary services for our patients and their families.
For more information, contact the Tampa Bay Adult Congenital Heart Center at St. Joseph's Hospital: (813) 554-8701.