Epidemiology and diagnosis of ventricular septal defect in Malta.

  title={Epidemiology and diagnosis of ventricular septal defect in Malta.},
  author={Victor Grech},
  journal={Cardiology in the young},
  volume={8 3},
Malta is a small island with minimal changes in its population, making it an ideal location for epidemiological and historical studies dealing with congenital heart malformations. Ventricular septal defect was studied retrospectively from 1930 to 1994. A sharp and significant decline in age at diagnosis was found, predating echocardiography. All defects are now diagnosed by echocardiography, which has resulted in an increased prevalence of this lesion as seen at birth, particularly of minor… CONTINUE READING