Specialized Adult Congenital Heart Care Saves Lives
For more than half a century growing numbers of practitioners and clinician-scientists have created systems for and practiced healthcare delivery within centers of expertise for young and older adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD). To date, this has been driven largely by energy, enthusiasm, and shared mission without supportive data demonstrating the benefit of such ACHD care programs in the lives of patients and families served by this developing field. Now, for the first time, Marelli and colleagues present in this issue of Circulation good evidence that there is a survival advantage to adult congenital heart patients being cared for by ACHD specialists1. This confirms what those working in this field had long assumed and hoped, but to date could not substantiate.
- Received February 13, 2014.
- Accepted February 20, 2014.