¿What is a Congenital Heart Disease?

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Congenital heart disease are abnormalities of the heart and great vessels that originate before birth. Most of these processes are due to a different development during pregnancy, when the main cardiovascular structures are formed. There are about 120,000 adults with congenital heart disease in Spain and 20,000 in Catalonia.

Worldwide, it is estimated that there are between 8 and 10 cases per 1,000 births. The development experienced by pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery during the past 50 years has led to an increase in survival rates for congenital heart disease. It is currently estimated that the probability of survival to adulthood for mild congenital heart disease is 98%, 90% for heart disease of moderate complexity, and 56% for complex heart disease. Some specific heart diseases such as Hypoplastic Left Heart (7.5%) still have a very limited survival.

There are more than 1,200,000 adults with congenital heart disease in Europe, around 120,000 in Spain and around 20,000 in Catalonia. Every year almost 2,000 adults with congenital heart disease are incorporated into Spain, which translates into an emerging cardiovascular population with specific cardiovascular problems.

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