Patients with congenital ventricular septal defect have lower survival than general population

Clinical Question

Do patients with a congenital ventricular septal defect have a lower overall survival than the general population?

Bottom line

This study found that the long-term survival of patients with VSD is reduced compared with the general population regardless of treatment rendered (ie, surgically repaired or not). 1b

Study design: Cohort (retrospective)

Funding: Foundation

Setting: Population-based


David C. Slawson, MD
Professor and Vice Chair of Family Medicine for Education and Scholarship
Atrium Health
Professor of Family Medicine, UNC Chapel Hill
Charlotte, NC

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Impact assessment

Very good