Focusing on adults with heart disease

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Dr. Joel Hardin

Some grown-ups remain kids at heart.

That’s why Advocate Children’s Hospital recently launched an adult congenital heart disease program at its Oak Lawn campus and placed it under the newly appointed leadership of Joel T. Hardin, MD.

“Adults with congenital heart disease now outnumber children who have similar health problems in the United States,” Dr. Hardin said. “Many of these patients do not know how or where to go for follow-up from cardiologists who are specially trained to care for their medical needs.”

The adult congenital heart disease program at Advocate Children’s Hospital, Oak Lawn, features cardiologists, heart surgeons and nurse practitioners who are able to work collaboratively with a patient’s previous pediatric cardiologist and current adult cardiovascular medicine specialist and primary care physician to provide the kind of coordinated care that meets the patient’s unique needs, Dr. Hardin said.

In addition to integrated care, medical surveillance and therapeutic treatment planning by a team of experts, the adult congenital heart disease program offers patient education and genetic counseling regarding congenital heart defects and guidance on recreational, athletic and occupational activities that could pose a risk for a patient with a congenital heart defect.

Well accredited

Dr. Hardin holds academic appointments as director of pediatric cardiology and associate professor of pediatrics and medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, and adjunct associate professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He also serves as president of the Chicago Adult Congenital Heart (CATCH) network of major academic medical centers in the metropolitan Chicago area.

More information about the new Advocate Children’s Hospital adult congenital heart disease program is available at (708) 684-5580.

Provided by Advocate Children’s Hospital