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Paediatrics and Congenital Heart Disease in South America: An overview.
  1. Carlos A C Pedra (cacpedra{at}uol.com.br)
  1. Instituto Dante Pazzanese de Cardiologia, Brazil
    1. Jorge Haddad
    1. Hospital das Clínicas de Ribeirão Preto, Brazil
      1. Simone F Pedra
      1. Instituto Dante Pazzanese de Cardiologia, Brazil
        1. Alejandro Peirone
        1. Hospital de Niños de la Santíssima Trinidad, Córdoba, Argentina
          1. Carlo Pilla
          1. Hospital São Francisco, Porto Alegre, RG, Brazil
            1. Jose Marin Neto
            1. Hospital das Clínicas de Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

              Abstract

              Congenital Heart Diseases are one of the most common structural defects present at birth with an approximate incidence of 8 per 1000 live births. Considering the high birth rate in the majority of the countries in South America, they are commonly encountered within the population in the continent. As such, they should be regarded as a significant public health issue. In this paper we provide a brief overview of the burden of congenital heart diseases in South America, with focus on its local prevalence, facilities for treatment and outcomes after medical, surgical or catheter intervention for the most common diseases.

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