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New Center for Adult Congenital Heart Disease Closes the Gap for People with Cardiac Defects


Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect in the United States. There are over 30 types of cardiac congenital abnormalities, each with a range of severity and complexity. While some of these tiny hearts require life-saving surgical repair shortly after birth, other defects are so mild that they may not be diagnosed until adulthood when symptoms finally surface.

One challenge that teens and adults with congenital heart disease face is finding a cardiologist familiar with their unique heart anatomy and the complex medical issues that can arise from it. Today, 90 percent of children born with heart defects are surviving to adulthood. In fact, there are more adults living with congenital heart disease than children. This translates into a growing population of adults who need lifelong care.

The Barnabas Health Heart Centers at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey recently received a grant from The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey to establish an Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program. The program fully integrates the hospitals’ nationally renowned adult and pediatric cardiac services to provide the ongoing care that is recommended for people with congenital heart disease. The Center brings a new level of collaboration to an existing team of adult and pediatric cardiac specialists with extraordinary collective expertise. The multidisciplinary team includes specialists in adult and pediatric cardiac imaging, interventional cardiac catheterization, interventional electrophysiology, complex congenital heart surgery, pulmonary hypertension and heart transplantation.

The new Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program complements Barnabas Health’s exceptional and highly respected cardiac programs,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnabas Health. “We are grateful to The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey for its generous support.”

The program’s goal is to ease the transition from pediatric to adult care and support patients with regular evaluations to ensure that their heart is functioning well and determine if further treatment is necessary. The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recommend that the healthcare of people with congenital heart defects be managed in close collaboration with a physician who has expertise in adult congenital heart disease.

The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program is backed by the full resources of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. Multidisciplinary specialists from congenital cardiac surgery, pulmonary hypertension, cardiac transplantation, clinical genetics, maternal and fetal medicine, hepatology, rehabilitation, genetic testing, and social services work alongside the adult congenital team to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients.

Barnabas Health Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program has two locations in New Jersey:
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark
Heart and Lung Specialty Center at Toms River

About Barnabas Health Heart Centers
The Barnabas Health Heart Centers offer a single comprehensive adult and pediatric cardiac program with locations throughout New Jersey. Our network of cardiac specialists treats patients close to home with advanced technologies and the benefits of cutting-edge cardiac research.

From heart disease prevention programs and the finest emergency heart attack care to cardiac catheterization, minimally invasive valve implantation, complex cardiac surgery and heart transplant, Barnabas Health Heart Centers are nationally recognized for excellence. Families seeking the most sophisticated care for children with congenital heart defects turn to the Children’s Heart Center and its pediatric cardiac surgery partnership with NYU School of Medicine. Working in concert, adult and pediatric cardiologists and surgeons provide lifelong care for all types of congenital heart conditions in teens, adults and seniors, including those complicated by heart rhythm problems, heart failure, pregnancy and pacemakers. Our adult heart transplant program is the largest on the East Coast with survival rates that consistently exceed national benchmarks.

About CHoNJ
Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and part of Barnabas Health, is the state's premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community.

Contact: Caren Malone
Marketing and Communications Department Barnabas Health

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