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Indications for Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Craig S Broberg, MD, FACC

Adult patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) are growing in both number and complexity. Surgical and interventional advances in pediatric cardiology over the last half century have been enormously successful in increasing survival rates to >90% for the majority of CHD patients [1]. Because of these successes, it is estimated that in many parts of the world there are probably as many adults with congenital heart defects as there are children with such defects [2,3]. However, survival does not equal cure, and most patients need additional management and intervention as adults [4].

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