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The UCLA Adolescent Transitional Cardiac Care Program provides comprehensive management for adolescents and young adults with heart disease, ages 12 to 21.
- Diagnostic facilities
- Cardiac and medical management
- Therapeutic interventional cardiac catheterization and electrophysiological facilities
- Surgical management
- Heart and lung transplantation
- Provides adolescent with self-management skills necessary to navigate the health system
- Assists teens to understand their condition and develop a life plan to identify educational, social and career goals
- Provides support for parents in the transition process
Resources, educational materials and counseling are available on the following:
- Adolescent gynecology and contraception
- Childbearing and sexuality
- Career and vocational counseling
- Patient and family education
- Psychosocial support services
Family Support Services
There are a variety of family support services and groups available to parents and families of teens with heart disease including educational meetings scheduled throughout the year.
- Educational Forums
- CHD Annual Walk
In addition to the transitional heart clinic, there are other health programs that are available to teens.
Doctors and nurses with specialty training in adolescent medicine are available to provide a number of services including primary care. For information call 310) 825-9346
Through the UCLA Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, this program provides comprehensive gynecologic care for patients with congenital or acquired heart disease. Screening for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and teen pregnancy are also available. These sensitive health services are available to adolescents and teens confidentially and without requiring parent or guardian consent. To make an appointment, call (310) 825-7955.
This clinic offers adolescent and teen females and males individual counseling sessions where they can learn about birth control options, receive a contraceptive method of their choice if they wish, and discuss other issues pertaining to sexual health. These sensitive health services are available to adolescents and teens confidentially and without requiring parent or guardian consent. To make an appointment, call (310) 825-7955 or visit Family Planning Services at UCLA for more information.
Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Clinic
The Adolescent & Young Adult Clinic sees young adults from 12 to 25 years of age with medical, social, or emotional concerns are seen in the adolescent suite. Doctors and nurses with specialty training in adolescent and young adult medicine are available to provide primary care in addition to sports examinations and treatment of injuries, gynecologic evaluations, dermatology consultations, nutritional advice, birth-control counseling, and psychological counseling.
Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center
The Ahmanson/UCLA ACHD Center was first and is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the United States. Founded in 1980, the Center is a national and international tertiary care resource that provides services to the growing number ofadult patients with congenital heart disease who reach adulthood
Heart Transplantation at UCLA
The UCLA Heart Transplant Program is one of the nation's largest adult programs internationally and has been a pioneer in the field of heart transplantation.
Since 1984, 2,000 adult patients have undergone this life-saving procedure at UCLA. The development of effective immunosuppressive drugs and the refinement of surgical procedures have led to remarkable improvements in the long-term success of heart transplantation. The scientific advances and clinical trials that have come from UCLA have advanced knowledge in the field and improved the clinical results