Herbert Mark, M.D., F.A.C.P.; Doris J. W. Escher, M.D.; Dennison Young, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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To determine the life expectancy of the patient with an unoperated VSD, the fate of the patient with the small defect, and the nature of the complications that arise in the course of the disease, 33 patients, aged 17 to 73, with this congenital cardiac defect have been studied and followed for as long as 10 years. Five had small defects and the others more significant lesions based on clinical, physiologic and autopsy data. Heart failure in nine was related to increasing age, although only five of the entire group were past 40. Pulmonary hypertension in nine patients, six with
Mark H, Escher DJW, Young D. Natural History of Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) in the Adult.. Ann Intern Med. ;61:801–802. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-61-4-801_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1964;61(4):801-802.
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