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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
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