People Born With Heart Defects Are Still Dying Too Soon

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People Born With Heart Defects Are Still Dying Too Soon

heart defectsSurvival for both children and adults with congenital heart defects (CHDs) has improved significantly, but people with CHDs are still dying too soon. Despite advancements in clinical care, the 15-year mortality for those who survived surgery for their CHDs is about 10 times higher than the general population. In a recent Journal of the American College of Cardiology Editorial Commentary, NCBDDD’s Dr. Peggy Honein stresses the need for a public health approach to improve the health of individuals and families affected by CHDs.
Read it here: http://www.onlinejacc.org/content/71/21/2447.
For more information about congenital heart defects, visit www.cdc.gov/heartdefects.
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