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Epidemiology of ACHD 

Epidemiology of ACHD
Epidemiology of ACHD

Sara Thorne

and Sarah Bowater

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date: 12 August 2020

This chapter discusses the epidemiology of adult congenital heart disease (ACHD). Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common major congenital defect and affects approximately 1 in 100 of all newborns. Sixty years ago, only 20% of all children born with CHD survived to adulthood. This has now increased to over 90%. As a result of this improved survival, there are now more adults than children with CHD in developed countries. The vast majority of these patients will require lifelong care.

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