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Congenital heart defects are the main reason for undergoing cardiac surgery as a child, however repairs made during the surgery do not often last the life span of the patient. Unchecked previous cardiac surgery can result in requirement for follow up operations, heart enlargement (cardiomyopathy), arrhythmias, murmurs, embolism, aneurysm rupture, cardiac failure and cardiac death, which can be mistaken in later life as age-related changes that demand different therapy. Cardiologists are now encouraging all adults who had cardiac surgery as a child to seek a cardiology review.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by San Francisco Chronicle
About: Heart operations in childhood require lifelong maintenance
Date: 2 October 2005
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Author: Alice Dembner
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