Congenital conditions can resurface, making monitoring essential

02/11/2013 | ABC News

Thanks to advances in care, many young adults who were treated as children for congenital heart defects go on to live normal lives, but they still need to be seen by a cardiologist, said Dr. Doff McElhinney of NYU Langone Medical Center, who recently found a faulty valve in his patient Jane Lee. Lee, who first noticed something amiss when training for a marathon, needed a pulmonary valve replacement. "There's all sorts of situations in which people born with congenital heart disease need to have things done as they get older," McElhinney said.

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