An Important Checklist for Kids with a Heart Problem

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Thanks to advances in pediatric cardiology, children born with congenital heart defects are able to live longer and healthier lives these days.

However, it’s still important that they receive ongoing, appropriate medical care in order to ensure they live healthy and active lives.

Keep Up with Medical Appointments

Regular visits to your pediatric cardiologist and their team of medical specialists allows for regular monitoring of your child’s progress, and will make tracking their health as adults much easier. These regular visits also allow you and your child to make the best possible choices for your child’s health and will build a life-long habit of health in your child.

Understanding Your Child’s Condition

Because there may be times when your child may need to see a doctor or medical care provider who doesn’t have access to your child’s medical records, it’s important to know the specifics of their condition.

Having a firm grasp on a child’s congenital heart condition will ensure ongoing medical care will help them to lead long, healthy lives.
Families of children with a congenital heart defect can help ensure the risks posed are minimized by knowing the child’s full medical history, including:

  • The type of heart defect or condition the child has.
  • Pediatric cardiology procedures or surgeries they’ve had.
  • The medicines, along with dosages, the child is currently prescribed. It’s also important to know past medicines the child has used for the heart condition.
  • The type of medical care they are receiving now.

Memorizing this information is an important habit not only for you and your child, but for the whole family. As your child transitions to adult health care later in life, it’s important they’re able to have an informed conversation with medical care providers about their health and medical history.