Q&A With Doreen deFaria Yeh from Massachusetts General: When Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease Patients Get Older

When young patients 20 or 30 years ago were diagnosed with a congenital heart condition they had no way of knowing how long they would live. Now the question is what happens when they live as long as the rest of the patient population.

When young patients 20 or 30 years ago were diagnosed with a congenital heart condition they had no way of knowing how long they would live. Now the question is what happens when they live as long as the rest of the patient population.

Doreen deFaria Yeh, MD, from Massachusetts General Hospital discussed a recent statement from the American Heart Association that addressed some of the needs these patients have as they seek medical treatments later in their lives. Yeh said for patients over the age of 40 it is important to have a team approach to care which can improve the overall treatment they receive.