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5 things you didn’t know about the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre

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5 things you didn’t know about the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre
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1 The Peter Munk Cardiac Centre (PMCC), part of University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto, cares for the largest group of patients in the world who were born with heart disease and are over the age of 18.  

More than 90 per cent of children born with heart disease become adults who require highly specialized care. These patients could be born with holes in their hearts or major blood vessels that are not connected in the usual way and need regular attention throughout their lives. Every year, the PMCC takes in about 600 patients who were born with heart problems. About 300 come from the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, while 300 others arrive from other parts of Canada and from around the world. Due to this constant influx, the PMCC's health-care professionals manage the largest population of patients in the world born with heart problems who are now over 18 years of age. "We really have to be super-specialized to be able to deal with this patient population," says Dr. Barry Rubin, Medical Director of the PMCC. "The vast majority of  doctors would not routinely manage these patients."