MILWAUKEE (10/17/2011) - What: Patients and families affected by congenital heart disease should understand the unique issues and concerns faced by adults born with heart defects, including medical passports, health insurance, pregnancy and birth control, exercise, use of alcohol and tobacco, tattoos and body piercing.
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Adult Congenital Heart Disease Association will host an informational meeting. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet and discuss adult congenital heart disease questions with doctors, other health care professionals, fellow attendees and representatives from the Adult Congenital Heart Association.
Why: Advances in pediatric and cardiothoracic surgery mean there now are more than a million adults with congenital heart disease living in the United States. However, the simplest repaired heart defects can impact patients as they get older. Patients may have long-term complications, including heart and non-heart related problems. A new specialty, Adult Congenital Heart Disease, has begun to treat this unique population. Children's Hospital has one of the few Adult Congenital Heart Disease programs nationwide. Two of the less than 40 doctors nationwide with this experience, Michael Earing, MD, and Peter Bartz, MD, see patients at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
Who: Patients and families affected by congenital heart disease.
When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.
Where: Briggs & Stratton Auditorium, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, founded in 1894, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is rated No. 3 in the nation by Parents magazine and named one of America's Best Children's Hospitals by U.S.News & World Report. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons. The hospital has been redesignated a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a national honor that recognizes nursing excellence. Private, independent and not-for-profit, the hospital serves children and families from Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, northern Illinois and beyond. Children's Hospital is the flagship member of Children's Hospital and Health System. In 2009, the health system invested more than $76 million into the community to improve the health status of children. For more information, visit the website at chw.org.