(DALLAS) -- Congenital heart defects were the underlying cause of 27,960 deaths in the U.S., based on data from death certificates.
But new research findings say the U.S. death rate from congenital heart defects dropped 24 percent from 1999 to 2006, according to a report in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
Researchers in the study found it difficult to determine the reason for the decline, but suspect the advancements in technology and better medical care for infants and children with heart defects may play a role.
The report stated that most deaths (48 percent) caused by congenital heart defects were among infants and children. As more children survive into adulthood with these heart defects, they are often switching from pediatric cardiologists to adult specialists.
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