Cardiology

ESC updates guidelines for adult congenital heart disease

(HealthDay)—In 2020 European Society of Cardiology guidelines, updated recommendations are presented for the care of adult patients with congenital heart disease (ACHD); the guidelines were published online Aug. 29 in the ...

Cardiology

What happens when babies with heart defects become adults?

More than 90% of babies born with heart defects survive into adulthood. As a result, there are now more adults living with congenital heart disease than children. These adults have a chronic, lifelong condition and the European ...

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Congenital heart defect

A congenital heart defect (CHD) is a defect in the structure of the heart and great vessels of a newborn. Most heart defects either obstruct blood flow in the heart or vessels near it or cause blood to flow through the heart in an abnormal pattern, although other defects affecting heart rhythm (such as long QT syndrome) can also occur. Heart defects are among the most common birth defects and are the leading cause of birth defect-related deaths.

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