|Tailored education for each patient’s condition to include family planning and pregnancy; exercise; symptom identification; infection prevention; genetic counseling.
The Fontan Management Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is a dedicated
mutltidisciplinary program that provides Fontan circulation survivors one of the few dedicated managementclinics in the country.These experts work closely with a multidisciplinary team of pediatric cardiologists, pulmonologists, hepatoligists, nephrologists, orthopedists, neurologists and endocrinologists.
•Our cardiomyopathy, advanced heart failure and liver programs have the leading experts in their respective fields and are nationally recognized programs.
•Because patients with Fontan correction will eventually encounter complications, our team can uniquely offer left ventricular assist devices, total artificial heart and heart transplant as interventions.
•We provide an active surveillance program to improve quality of life longer, through active surveillance.
•Our preventive therapies are novel and are shown to improve and elongate life.
Pregancy- Multidisplinary Clinic- Our pre-pregnancy assessment helps prospective mothers better understand the potential impact of pregnancy on their health and potential risks to their unborn baby.
This assessment includes:
•A physical exam
•An assessment of the patient’s cardiac reserve
Our approach is unique because we provide a comprehensive and integrated assessment of the mother’s cardiovascular reserve, which is the ability of the heart to work harder during strenuous physical activity. This helps us understand the maternal and fetal risk in women with heart disease. Our experts can easily collaborate with specialists in a variety of related fields in order to ensure the best possible patient care. These include maternal-fetal medicine specialists, fetal cardiologists, fetal surgeons, genetics counselors and many others.
High Risk Pregnancies
When high-risk patients become pregnant, our team works closely with referring obstetricians to monitor the patient and fetus closely. In the event that problems occur with the fetus, our specialists can draw on the extensive resources available through the Cincinnati Fetal Center, which is based at Cincinnati Children’s. The Fetal Center is one of the few comprehensive fetal care programs in the country, with specialists who provide expert care for high-risk pregnancies.
For women who are already pregnant, we offer outpatient and inpatient assessments to evaluate the
underlying heart condition, your potential obstetric risk and the specific needs of your unborn baby. Our team keeps in close communication with your obstetrician to ensure the best possible care. If the pregnancy is considered high risk, we can help coordinate care during pregnancy and after the baby is born. Monthly meetings MFM groups to discuss patients, educational topics. Creating individualized summary documents on each pregnant patient; quick reference. Formal combined clinics established for “one-stop shopping” that would also involve Anesthesia
Transition Medicine Clinic-Ready SET (Start Empowering Teens) Go is a three part transition program, built around important information for the Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) patient but personalized to the individual’s interests and goals for transition. Transition plan for patients around age 14 to our high-quality program that will follow them throughout adulthood. Visit our congenital heart transition website iheartchange.org.|