New Study Estimates the Number of People with Congenital Heart Defects Living in the United States

Thanks to advancements in medical and surgical care, more people are living longer with congenital heart defects (CHD) than ever before. As people live longer, more of them require specialized ongoing care. However, there is no current information about the number of people currently living with CHD in the United States. In this study, researchers estimated that there were about 2.4 million people (1.4 million adults and 1 million children) living with CHD in the United States in 2010. This study highlights the need for improved planning of health services to meet the needs of an ever growing population (U.S. adults living with CHD) and development of a system to better track the number of people across all ages living with CHD in the United States. We invite you to read a summary of the key findings from this paper and to read the article’s scientific summary.

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