January 9, 2007 - The prevalence of congenital heart disease (CHD) has increased strikingly in adults and children, according to a new population study by MUHC researchers and reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
A keen interest in history lies behind the determination of Dr. Ariane Marelli, a cardiologist at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and founding director of the MUHC’s innovative McGill Adult Unit for Congenital Heart Disease Excellence (MAUDE).
This is a success story built on strong foundations. It starts with Dr. Maude Abbott, a Quebecer who pioneered the study of congenital heart disease, and continues with the international recognition received by the pediatric heart surgery program at the Montreal Children's Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre.
The number of adults with congenital heart disease has soared by 85 per cent in a generation, an increase that reflects the startling advances in the detection and treatment of heart defects in children.