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Growing into adulthood when you are born with heart disease

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Growing into adulthood when you are born with heart disease
Dr. Erwin Oechslin and Dr. Rachel Wald

​​​​​​​​Dr. Erwin Oechslin and Dr. Rachel Wald are members of the PMCC team providing comprehensive treatment and care for adults with ACHD.

Specialized medical teams at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre lead the way globally in the treatment and care of adults born with a heart defect

Fifty  years ago, babies born with complex congenital heart defects had a less than 5 per cent rate of survival to adulthood, as surgical strategies that would eventually treat many of these patients were still in their infancy or not available.

Today, more than 90 per cent of these babies make it into adulthood, creating a whole new patient demographic where there are currently more adult patients living with congenital heart disease than children – and medicine must now do its best to keep up.​