Symptomatic heart disease in infants: comparison of three studies performed during 1969-1987

Pediatr Cardiol. Sep-Oct 1995;16(5):216-22. doi: 10.1007/BF00795710.


We compare the data of three studies of hospitalized infants with cardiac disease performed between 1967 and 1987. The studies were from the New England Regional Infant Cardiac Program (1967-1974), the Brompton Hospital (1973-1982), and the Northern Great Plains Regional Cardiac Program (1982-1987). Considering differences in classification among the studies, the distribution of cardiac anomalies during the first year of life is similar among the three studies. Although about 30% of infants are admitted during the first week of life and nearly 40% between 3 and 6 months, the proportion of infants admitted between 6 and 12 months was larger (25%) in the latest than in the earliest study (10%). There were also differences in the distribution of the diagnoses at various ages, reflecting changes in the patterns of care during the three eras.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Female
  • Heart Defects, Congenital / classification
  • Heart Defects, Congenital / diagnosis*
  • Heart Defects, Congenital / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Patient Admission / statistics & numerical data
  • Referral and Consultation / statistics & numerical data
  • United States / epidemiology