National practice patterns for management of adult congenital heart disease: operation by pediatric heart surgeons decreases in-hospital death.

@article{Karamlou2008NationalPP,
  title={National practice patterns for management of adult congenital heart disease: operation by pediatric heart surgeons decreases in-hospital death.},
  author={Tara Karamlou and Brian Scott Diggs and Thomas N. Person and Ross M. Ungerleider and Karl F. Welke},
  journal={Circulation},
  year={2008},
  volume={118 23},
  pages={
          2345-52
        }
}
BACKGROUND Surgery for grown-up (age > or = 18 years) patients with congenital heart disease (GUCH) is frequently performed by surgeons without specialization in pediatric heart surgery. We sought to define national practice patterns and to determine whether outcomes for GUCH patients are improved if they are treated by specialized pediatric heart surgeons (PHSs) compared with non-PHSs. METHODS AND RESULTS We identified index cardiac procedures in patients with 12 congenital heart disease… CONTINUE READING

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