Congenital heart diseases (CHD) are heart defects present at birth. These can include a hole in the heart, defective vessels, leaky valves or missing heart chambers.
Success managing these conditions in children means more survive to adulthood. Since many people with CHD believe childhood treatment "cured" them, they don't receive specialized care they should be getting as an adult.
Sources: mayoclinic.org; cdc.org; medscape.org; acc.org; achaheart.org; aacn.org
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