oa Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - Congenital heart disease in adolescents and young adults
|Article Title||Congenital heart disease in adolescents and young adults|
|© Publisher:||Clinics Cardive Publishing|
|Journal||Cardiovascular Journal of Africa|
|Affiliations||1 Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Johannesburg Hospital and University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.|
|Publication Date||Apr 1994|
|Pages||83 - 88|
|Keyword(s)||Adolescents and young adults and Congenital heart disease|
Major diagnostic and therapeutic advances in the management of infants and children with congenital heart disease (CHD) have taken place over the past few decades. These developments have had a profound effect on the survival patterns of affectedï¿½ children, with the result that a new patient community with unique medical, surgical and psychological problems has emerged. The present study revealed a population of 735 patients, now 15 years or older at Johannesburg Hospital, with congenital heart lesions. Sixty-two per cent of these patients are not fully compliant in terms of clinic attendance and this is a major cause for concern. This article reviews the population concerned and discusses its management, which should, ideally, be by a specialised multidisciplinary team.
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