Stories about: CHD

Heart week: life after pediatric heart surgery

Thanks to medical advances, over 90% of kids born with CHD now live to adulthood
Thanks to medical advances, over 90% of kids born with CHD now live to adulthood
Prior to the late 1930s, if your baby was born with a congenital heart defect (CHD), chances are doctors suggested you save for a funeral instead of college funds or wedding dowries. Morbid but practical advice; at the time, less than 20 percent of pediatric CHD patients lived to see adulthood. But thanks to advancing technology and the brilliant minds and hard work of many dedicated medical professionals, this type of bleak worldview is no longer applicable to most babies born with a CHD. Current data shows that over 90 percent of children born with one of these heart conditions now survive to adulthood.

This incredible success has led to an unexpected new medical specialty: caring for adult survivors of CHDs who experience later-life complications from their original conditions and treatments.

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New episode of Boston Med airs tonight

Tonight’s episode of Boston Med, an ABC News documentary series on three top Boston Hospitals, will feature a family who comes to Children’s Hospital Boston after they learn their baby will be born with a complex congenital heart defect (CHD) called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS).The drama is especially high, as the baby’s father is an active duty solider serving overseas.

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