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Congenital heart disease in the adult 

Congenital heart disease in the adult
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Congenital heart disease in the adult
Author(s):

S. A. Thorne

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.1612_update_002

Update:

March 2014 – this chapter has been extensively revised, with new figures to explain and describe the classification of congenital heart disease.

Updated on 29 Oct 2015. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 20 September 2017

Adults with congenital heart disease are a growing population, and now outnumber children with congenital heart disease in the United Kingdom. Many patients with repaired hearts can now, with specialist care, expect to live a normal or near normal lifespan. Other survivors have complex, surgically altered hearts and circulations that reflect the surgical and interventional practices of the preceding two decades. Their long-term outlook is unknown and they remain at lifelong risk of complications that may require further intervention. The organization of services to provide specialist care is key to their long-term survival....

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