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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

AHA says: CHD? Get your Move on!

Traditionally, being diagnosed with a congenital heart disease (CHD) meant a lifetime of restrictions — both emotional and physical. Patients were advised to be wary of physical activity and to lower expectations about their physical potential. But in its recently released and updated recommendations, the American Heart Association made a dramatic change by giving CHD … Read More

Most Common Birth Defect is Growing Risk for Adults

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect in the United States, occurring in one of every 110 births. There are over 787,000 adults with congenital heart disease in the U.S., and according to recent numbers those adults are at a higher risk for hospitalization than pediatric patients with the same condition. The findings … Read More

Chat With a Doctor: Ask the Cardiologist

Register for Online Chat Do you have a question about heart disease? Steven Nissen, MD, Chairman, and Carlos Hubbard, MD, PhD, Cardiologist, both of Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, will answer your questions about this topic during a live webchat Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at noon (ET). Get answers to your health … Read More

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Chat With a Doctor: Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Register for Online Chat Do you have a question about adult congenital heart disease? Richard Krasuski, MD, Director of Adult Congenital Heart Disease Services, and Gosta Pettersson, MD, PhD, Vice Chairman, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, will answer your questions about this medical issue during a live webchat Thursday, August 30, 2012, at noon … Read More

Warfarin Won’t Go Away

Got a question about blood thinners? John Bartholomew, MD, head of Vascular Medicine and director of the Thrombosis Center will be holding a web chat on the topic on Wednesday, June 27th. Go to to register. (You can start asking questions as early as June 26.) Don’t miss this chance to consult a leading … Read More