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Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance

November 2015

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7th annual Beat Retreat brings adult CHD patients and professionals together

What has 36 hearts, 72 legs, and more enthusiasm than you can shake a stick at? Give up? The Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance’s 7th annual Beat Retreat, held September 17-20, 2015.

The Beat Retreat is a fun-filled, four-day annual event for adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD).  This year’s retreat – the biggest to date – drew together 27 adult congenital heart disease (CHD) patients, two caregivers, and seven health care professionals from Southern Ontario, Quebec and even Alberta.

While at camp, attendees...

Adults with congenital heart defects at considerably higher risk of stroke 

Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 12:31 

A study published in Circulation has shown adults with congenital heart defects to have much higher rates of stroke, compared to the general population.

The researchers from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada analysed stroke data on 19,638 congenital heart disease patients between the ages of 18 and 64, and compared them with that of the general population of Quebec, Canada. Their aim was to find the frequency, risk and strongest predictors of stroke.

Their results include:

  • Stroke...
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