Adults with Congenital Heart Disease Need Special Attention
Being born with congenital heart disease means being always mindful of your heart health.

Adults with Congenital Heart Disease Need Special Attention

Individuals born with heart problems are living longer these days, but they need to be especially mindful of potential changes in their conditions.

A person born with congenital heart disease often receives ongoing care from pediatric cardiologists for much of their childhood. They may undergo multiple surgeries and have frequent check-ups to monitor their heart health. But once a congenital heart patient is no longer under a parent’s care, and is experiencing good health, attention to cardiac health may decline.

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    Adults with Congenital Heart Disease Need Special Attention

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  • Download the Full May 2016 Issue PDF

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    Download the Full May 2016 Issue PDF

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