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Young People With Heart Defects Not Checking In With Heart Doc
Date:7/13/2009

DALLAS, July 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Young people with heart defects not checking in with heart doc. One-fifth or more of young adults between ages 18-22 who have severe congenital heart disease don't see a cardiologist, according to a Canadian study published online in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Another study defines genetic risk of having same heart defect as parent, sibling

The risk of having a heart defect is three-fold to 80-fold higher in families who have already experienced one than in the general population, depending on the specific defect.

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Additional resources on congenital heart disease:

There are two types of heart disease

Most Americans are familiar with acquired heart disease -- the kind you get. We're less familiar with congenital heart disease -- the kind you're born with.

The American Heart Association is actively working to meet the needs of children and adults with congenital heart defects, funding at least $15 million annually in new research grants that directly relate to cardiovascular development and congenital heart disease. The AHA also funds many millions more in basic research that may potentially illuminate these and other cardiovascular issues. The AHA also supports legislation for research and improved insurance coverage for congenital heart defects.

Mended Little Hearts, an affiliate of the American Heart Association, is a new support program for parents of children with heart defects and heart disease. Mended Little Hearts is dedicated to inspiring hope in those who care for the littlest heart patients, and offers resources and a caring support network for families.

American Heart Association guidelines on congenital heart defects


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