Pediatric heart care spans from the earliest point of fetal gestation to early adulthood, which means a whole new generation of children with congenital heart disease is growing up as a unique population. Basic and clinical research in recent decades has rapidly generated new information about children living with congenital heart disease (CHD) and has contributed to the increasing life span of these children. However, more research and clinical innovations is needed to ensure this population is offered the best quality of life possible.
An international group of more than 800 medical experts gathered at Cardiology 2017, the nation’s largest pediatric cardiology conference, from February 22 through February 26, to discuss bringing science into clinical practice to provide optimal care for fetuses, neonates, children and young adults with CHD. Affecting one in 120 children, CHD is the most common birth defect, and in its most severe forms is also the leading cause of death in infants and young children.
This year's theme was “Care at the Cutting Edge in a Cost-conscious World. Pediatric cardiologists, heart surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and perfusionists from nearly every state and over 20 countries discussed new treatments for children in heart failure, neurodevelopment in CHD patients, innovation and challenges in the management of children with single-ventricle conditions, and adult CHD.
“There’s never been a more exciting time to work in the field of pediatric cardiology – new knowledge is being generated daily and improvements in care are developing very quickly all while we are finding ways to offer increased value in healthcare and to provide the latest breakthroughs for our patients,” says Jack Rychik, MD, Course Director and Medical Director of the Fetal Heart Program and the Single Ventricle Survivorship Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). “During the course of this conference, we discussed thought-provoking cost-conscious strategies for incorporating the latest breakthroughs in clinical care and biology into our patients’ ongoing care, while also covering the fundamentals of pediatric and congenital cardiovascular care."
Cardiology 2017 – the 20th Annual Update on Pediatric and Cardiovascular Disease occurred at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Orlando, FL. The conference is the largest annual standalone meeting of its kind and brings together leaders in pediatric and congenital heart care from fetal life to adult care from around the world.