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Pediatric heart disease is not one disorder or defect but rather a constellation of heart disorders, which can range from those that spontaneously resolve to those that are life threatening (Chang et al. 1998; Keane et al. 2006). Congenital heart defects are reported to be present in 5-8 of every 1,000 live births (Clark 1995). Heart disease can also be acquired later in childhood or adolescence. Innovative medical and surgical techniques have allowed countless numbers of youngsters not only to survive but to resume healthy and active lives (DeMaso 2004); however, many pediatric heart abnormalities require chronic medications and/or surgical repair and in severe instances even heart transplantation. Despite greatly improved medical outcomes, pedi-atric heart disease can place substantial cognitive and emotional burdens on young patients and their families. This chapter serves as a guide for understanding and managing children and adolescents facing these disorders.

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