ACC Statement on Congenital Heart Disease

Contact: Stephanie Abraham,, 202-375-6296

“Because of our success in treating infants and children with Congenital Heart Disease, we are faced with a new problem of taking care of Adults with Congenital Heart Disease,” said James Fasules, MD, Senior Vice President, Advocacy at the American College of Cardiology. “With the advances in care over last couple of decades the babies once born with lethal condition are now growing into adulthood creating an urgent need for improving heart research and care across the lifespan; from birth through adulthood and old age.”

This week, the American College of Cardiology, Adult Congenital Heart Association and Mended Little Hearts gathered on Capitol Hill to raise awareness about the challenges facing congenital heart defects, which are the most common type of birth defects. The groups called for support for NIH funding, support to maintain funding for CDC surveillance of congenital heart disease across the lifespan in the FY2013 budget and for attendees to join and to ask their Members of Congress to join the Congenital Heart Caucus in honor of Congenital Heart Lobby Day.

Dr. Fasules is a pediatric cardiologist. Please contact Stephanie Abraham to interview Dr. Fasules or other ACC experts on this or other heart-health topics.

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