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Heart. 2009 Sep;95(17):1385-92. doi: 10.1136/hrt.2008.152017. Epub 2009 Jan 27.

Paediatric and congenital heart disease in South America: an overview.

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Catheterisation Laboratory for Congenital Heart Disease, Instituto Dante Pazzanese de Cardiologia, Av Dr Dante Pazzanese 500, 14 andar, CEP 04012-180, São Paulo, SP, Brazil. cacpedra@uol.com.br

Abstract

Congenital heart diseases are one of the most common structural defects present at birth, with an approximate incidence of 8 per 1000 live births. As most countries in South America have a high birth rate, they are a significant public health concern. This paper provides a brief overview of the burden of congenital heart disease in South America, focusing on its local prevalence, facilities for treatment and outcomes after medical, surgical or catheter intervention for the most common diseases.

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19174420
DOI:
10.1136/hrt.2008.152017
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