ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today pediatric heart care spans from the earliest point of fetal gestation to early adulthood. Basic and clinical research in recent decades has rapidly generated new information about children living with congenital heart disease (CHD). This week, an international group of more than 800 medical experts gather at the nation's largest pediatric cardiology conference 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.
"The practice of pediatric and congenital cardiovascular care involves numerous conditions presenting at a variety of ages and complexities. A myriad of various congenital malformations of the cardiovascular system exist in nature, each with its own unique pathophysiology. Previously healthy young hearts may also acquire disease," said Jack Rychik, M.D., course director and medical director of the Fetal Heart Program and the Single Ventricle Survivorship Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "All of these factors contribute to the need for a more evidence-based research findings, which must be available to healthcare providers in order to offer the latest state-of-the-art care to our patients. Strong evidence for clinical practice can often be difficult to find due to all of the permutations of disease variety and complexity."
With this approach in mind, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia presents the 19th Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease. The theme this year is "Bringing Science into Clinical Practice." The course faculty will present multiple lectures in plenary sessions, as well as presentations in subspecialty breakout sessions and a series of moderated expert panels, discussing the latest science and clinical care for CHD patients.
Pediatric cardiologists, heart surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and perfusionists from nearly every state and over 20 countries will discuss 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.
Eight oral presentations by researchers competing for the Outstanding Investigator Award will be featured during the conference – with the winner announced on Sat., Feb. 27.
Cardiology 2016 – the 19th Annual Update on Pediatric and Cardiovascular Disease occurs in Orlando, Fla., today through Feb. 28. 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.
The full conference program is available: http://media.chop.edu/data/files/pdfs/cme-cardiology-2016.pdf
Contact: Joey McCool Ryan
Phone: (267) 258-6735
SOURCE The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia