n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Congenital heart surgery : what we do to our patients




Congenital heart defects are responsible for more deaths in the first year of life than any other birth defects. However, for those with access to good paediatric cardiac surgical services, most of these lives can be saved through timeous surgery. Even then, not all defects can be fully corrected; about 20% of patients either require further staged surgery or have a permanent palliative solution.


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