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Endocarditis: How One Patient Beat This Deadly Disease

“My 27-year-old patient was on a ventilator in intensive care. No one expected her to survive,” says Gösta Pettersson, MD, PhD, Vice Chairman of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. “She had endocarditis — caused by years of drug abuse.” Endocarditis is an infection that “devours” the heart muscle. It comes from common bacteria, … Read More

Born with a Heart Defect? Your Life Span Can Be Normal

Babies born today with heart defects are more likely than ever to live into adulthood. According to recent studies in Finland and Norway, more children treated for simple defects are having near-normal life spans. More children treated for riskier, complex defects also are living longer. “Compare these findings with 50 years ago, when only about … Read More

Heart Disease and Pregnancy: An Uneasy Mix

Though having a child might seem like the most natural and healthy thing in the world, pregnancy puts a strain on the mother’s body, in particular on her cardiovascular system. Women who have heart conditions should discuss potential risk factors with their doctor before planning a pregnancy. A team of dedicated medical professionals including cardiologists … Read More

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Adult Congenital Heart Disease Web Chat Tomorrow

It is estimated that approximately one million adults and are living with congenital heart defects in the United States. A heart defect is the most common birth defect, but at least 10% of all congenital heart defects are not found until adulthood. While there are risks for developing additional heart problems, with proper medical care, … Read More

The Big Transition

Congenital heart disease is another name for birth defects of the heart.  The most common congenital defect is a hole between the chambers of the heart, but may also include malformations of the valves, aorta, and general size and shape of the heart.  In the old days, children born with heart defects didn’t live very long.  But today, surgeons are able to correct … Read More