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Congenital heart disease and autism: A possible link?

By: Johanna Calderon, PhD, Contributor, Brandi Henson, PsyD, Contributor, and Janice Ware, PhD, Contributor Children born with congenital heart disease (CHD) are now surviving at extraordinarily high rates; for most, their life expectancy may be comparable to that of the general population. However, despite the great advances in medical and surgical care, many people with CHD experience long-lasting neurodevelopmental difficulties. These include problems with attention and executive function skills, learning challenges, and in some cases,…

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