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Title: A service for grown up patients with congenital heart disease (GU CH) in Malta
Authors: Grech, Victor E.
Aquilina, Oscar
Somerville, Jane
Keywords: Congenital heart disease -- Malta
Congenital heart disease in adolescence
Heart -- Abnormalities
Issue Date: 2009-12
Publisher: Malta College of Family Doctors
Citation: Grech, V., Aquilina, O., & Somerville, J. (2009). A service for grown up patients with congenital heart disease (GU CH) in Malta. Maltese Family Doctor, 18(1), 5-7.
Abstract: Untreated congenital heart disease takes a heavy toll for those born with such anomalies, with approximately 65% dying in infancy and 15-20% reaching adolescence and adulthood. J Malta has had the same incidence of congenital heart disease in live births as other European countries, i.e. 0.8/ 1000 live births 2 It has been fortunate to be able to give children optimal therapy by the ability to send infants and children to London for treatment including open heart surgery over the last 40 years. The majority have returned improved or cured, with diminishing mortality rates (figure 1) and increasing survival rates in the region of 95%.3 Many have passed adolescence becoming parents and even grandparents, and are or have been in full employment, contributing to the community.
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