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Toronto Congenital Cardiac Centre for Adults (TCCCA)
 



The Toronto Congenital Cardiac Centre for Adults (TCCCA), located at Toronto General Hospital in the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, had more than 3,500 patient visits in the year 2011, and is actively following close to 8,000 patients and has seen more than 14,000 patients since 1982. Whether they come for diagnosis, medical treatment, a surgical operation or professional counselling, the patients and their families, can be assured of excellent care by professionals dedicated to the well-being of adults with congenital heart problems.

OBJECTIVES
The aim of the Toronto Congenital Cardiac Centre for Adults is to promote, maintain and pursue excellence in the care of adults with congenital heart disease, to improve treatment through research, and to train committed individual specialists who will contribute to their care.

FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Applicants to Fellowship training are required to submit proof of advanced specialist certification if selected. Training as a clinical fellow is not accredited and cannot be used as residency training toward certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or American Board Certification. Full two-year ACHD Fellowships are usually offered and the training program can be customized to meet the individual career goals. The Fellows will work with a highly experienced and knowledgeable clinical and research faculty with expertise in epidemiology, heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, high risk pregnancy, psychology, diagnostic imaging, etc.

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WORKING TOGETHER
Over the years, as more and more children with congenital heart disease have grown into young men and women, we have developed strong ties with our world-famous cardiovascular colleagues at the Labatt Family Heart Centre located at SickKids, Toronto. We are also an integral part of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, the Heart & Stroke Richard Lewar Centre of Excellence in Cardiovascular Research and we collaborate with programs at universities across Canada and around the world.

In 1991, the Toronto Centre joined 14 other regional centres from St. John's to Vancouver to form the Canadian Adult Congenital Heart (CACH) Network. The combined experiences of the CACH Network centres offer unprecedented opportunities for research and to further improve patient care. Thanks to CACH, congenital heart disease patients and their families will be able to move to different parts of Canada, assured of access to expert care and treatment at their new location.

Every advance in our knowledge of congenital heart disease raises more questions about both causes and treatment options. The need for further research to gain new insights is constant. It is partnerships like this that will enable the Toronto Congenital Cardiac Centre for Adults to play a leadership role in global research in congenital heart disease.

CARE GIVING
Patients usually have congenital heart disease but some have cardiovascular conditions that can be inherited, such as aortopathies (e.g. Marfan syndrome) and muscular dystrophy. The Toronto Centre works with other specialist teams at Toronto General Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital to provide access when needed for heart, lung, or heart-lung transplant operations, as well as to expert management of heart failure.

We offer higher-risk patients specialised care during pregnancy and childbirth. Our team in the pregnancy and heart disease clinic is world-renowned as leaders in the care of pregnant women with heart problems. We pay specific attention to the emotional, psychological and behavioural needs of our patients. We design therapy and counselling programs to help them lead satisfying and productive lives.

CLINICS
Clinics are held everyday from Monday to Friday. Any tests that are needed are usually performed on the same day. We attempt to coordinate your visit with other appointments, such as pacemaker, arrhythmia, special pregnancy or other clinics.

Cardiology trainees may be involved in your care unless you prefer to deal only with the staff cardiologists. Every patient has that option. Our fellows are ACHD specialists taking advanced training prior to their beginning to care for adults with congenital heart disease across Canada and around the world. Many are already distinguished in their own right.

Patient care does not have to be handled exclusively by the Congenital Cardiac Centre. You may wish to have a cardiologist in your local area as well. Provided patients give consent, reports are sent to multidisciplinary team members currently involved in their care, as well as to physicians or surgeons at the Hospital for Sick Children who cared for them in the past. Patients may also ask to receive these reports.

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CONTACT INFORMATION
University Health Network
5 North
585 University Ave.
Toronto, ON M5G 2N2

416.340.4393