when to change doctors, advise please

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   Posted 9/21/2007 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
My daughter will be 17 yrs old next year, she has Aortic Stenosis with a mild leak. She has seen a pediatric Cardiologist up to this point but, wants to see a regular cardiologist next year. Should we comply with her and switch over to a regular cardiologist or should we stay with the pediatric cardiologist? Any suggestions would be appreciated, I'm a very concerned mom.......Could use any teenage thought on this as well as adult comments welcomed please................................

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   Posted 9/21/2007 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi, your concern is reasonable here.  Perhaps, you can seek the advice of her current cardiologist and ask for a recommendation to a adult cardiologist.  This way your daughter will be happy not still seeing her "childhood physician" and you can rest assured hopefully since the new one would be recommended by the old one.  On a side note...It may be a good idea for her to move to a new cardiologist as they would be seeing her with new and different eyes/perspective.  Perhaps might have more insight into advanced treatments for teens/adults. 

I am reaching here...but it really may be a good thing.

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   Posted 9/23/2007 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I concur with Els.   A new adult cardio-is someone she will eventually need anyway.  So, why not do it now--get her "set up" & maybe the new cardio  will be able to see things from a d
different perspective.   AND, it will pleasse your daughter.   Hope this helps--Wotan (Robert_)_

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   Posted 10/1/2007 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the help. I'll start looking into getting my daughter an adult Cardiologist. Your advised really help, I was thinkin it would go that way but just needed it to be confirmed. Thanks so much for the help!.
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