Before your child has surgery, it is very useful to identify one cardiologist who will provide trusted and long-term care for your child – this will be their “primary cardiologist” – and a pediatrician who will manage your child’s overall care. The primary cardiologist may be the physician who sees you prenatally, or who manages your child’s care before they are hospitalized. Or, you may not meet your primary cardiologist for the first time until after you deliver your baby.
Your primary cardiologist is an important resource for you and your child. You develop a lasting relationship with them, and they have an overall, big picture plan for your child. The primary cardiologist really gets to know you and your child. They are an important advocate for you when your child is in the hospital, even if that hospital is far away from home.
If your outpatient, primary cardiologist works at your hospital, your child may or may not see that physician during their inpatient stay. To help with continuity of care, your child’s hospital pediatric cardiologist and team will update your primary cardiologist about your child’s progress and let them know when your child is discharged.