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Thanks to advances in medical and surgical care, most people born with serious congenital heart defects are now surviving long into adulthood. Because few defects are permanently “cured,” however, these individuals require lifelong follow-up care.
Anne Marie Valente, MD - Outpatient Director, BACH Program
Michael Landzberg, MD - Director, Boston Adult Congenital Heart Program
At the Boston Adult Congenital Heart (BACH) and Pulmonary Hypertension Service at Boston Children's Hospital, we have a lifetime commitment to our patients. As part of the #1 ranked Heart Center, we offer a full range of inpatient and outpatient clinical services to adults with congenital heart disease and/or pulmonary hypertension, from diagnosis to cardiac catheterization and surgical repair. What’s more, we’re devoted to helping our patients maximize their physical, emotional, medical and social options. Today, these options are greater than ever.
Our program cares for adult patients with all forms of congenital heart problems and/or pulmonary hypertension. We currently care for more than 6,000 patients, with some having been seen by us since childhood and others coming to us as a result of second opinion requests.
The BACH service is one of only a handful of programs worldwide that trains leaders in the care of adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD), and all BACH fellows receive at least seven years of additional training after medical school. Staff members lecture locally, nationally and internationally.
Advocating for patients quality of life
Many of our doctors are involved with the American Heart Association (AHA), the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA), a national, patient-run group that lobbies to improve the quality of life of adults with CHD through education, outreach and promotion of research.
A new option for those with damaged valves
Most hospitals treat patients whose congenital heart disease involves damaged valves through valve replacement surgery. But surgeons at Boston Children’s have adopted novel techniques for achieving valve repair, rather than replacement, using patients’ own tissues.
Boston Children's Hospital has been home to some of the greatest medical and social innovations for adults with congenital heart diseases. Our BACH service is staffed by specially trained doctors and nurses who are dedicated to:
By coming to Boston Children's, you have made the choice to learn more about who you are medically and more about the physical, emotional, medical, and social options available to you. These choices are greater than ever.
Today, more adults with congenital heart diseases are functioning at high levels in society, exercising, undergoing catheter and surgical based interventions and advocating for themselves and their medical peers.
By learning about all of your options, you become increasingly empowered in your care and your future. Our goal is to help you find your own pathway to medical success.
The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”