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The estimated number of patients with adult congenital heart defects in Norway.
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PMID:  18067513     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
An increasing survival rate for adult patients with congenital heart defects has been related to increased hospitalization and a greater risk of incidences during physical activity. The limited follow-up of these adult patients is partly due to a lack of knowledge about the number of adult patients in need of specialized care. Based on a classification into simple, moderate and severe forms of congenital heart defect, the population size was estimated for three age categories. Based on a conservative prevalence at birth of 7.0 per 1000 live births, approximately 14,000 adult patients with congenital heart defects between 16 and 64 years are alive in Norway today and in need of specialized cardiology attention. This is almost twice the number of children with a congenital heart defect. The assessment of the number of patients is important in order to reveal the risks of fatal incidence during physical activity in the adult congenital heart disease group. There is a need for knowledge and education about the potential risks during sports in coaches, teachers, health personnel, employers, parents, caretakers and in the patients themselves.
P M Fredriksen; J Roislien; E Thaulow
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2007-12-07
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of medicine & science in sports     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1600-0838     ISO Abbreviation:  Scand J Med Sci Sports     Publication Date:  2008 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-09     Completed Date:  2008-12-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9111504     Medline TA:  Scand J Med Sci Sports     Country:  Denmark    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  520-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Clinic for Clinical Service, Rikshospitalet University Hospital, Oslo, Norway.
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MeSH Terms
Heart Defects, Congenital / classification,  epidemiology*
Middle Aged
Norway / epidemiology
Survival Rate

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