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Surviving the Teenage Years with a Congenital Heart Defect

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Heart to Heart with Anna

Heart to Heart with Anna


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Thanks to advances in medical science, 90% of the babies born today with a congenital heart defect or CHD will live to adulthood. That means 90% of today’s babies will someday be teenagers. For the first time ever, there are more adults alive with congenital heart defects than babies. What does this mean for our aging CHD population?


Each of our Guests today was born with a critical CHD (CCHD). About 25% of CHDs are considered CCHDs. Children with CCHDs need surgery or other procedures within the first year of life. They are at risk for death or disability if their heart defect is not detected soon after birth. Some people with treated CCHD have few related health problems later in life. However, long-term effects of CCHD can include delayed development and reduced stamina during exercise.


Today we’ll meet three adults CCHDs survivors: Monica Mossey, Tara McFadden and Jeni Busta. These ladies will share with us what their triumphs and challenges have been during their teenage years.