Congenital coronary artery disease

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 13 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:605

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  1. Andrew James Burton, general practitioner
  1. 1Manor Close, Penn, Buckinghamshire
  1. jamesburton{at}

    My 13 year old son Tom was known to have congenital valvular heart disease affecting all of his valves. The severity of the valve disease was classified by the consultant paediatric cardiologist he saw regularly as relatively mild.

    At his last review, 15 months before he died, we gave a cardiologist a history of central chest pain on extremes of exertion or cold. There were four or five particularly memorable episodes. One was climbing a mountain, when the pain subsided promptly with rest. Another was in a cold swimming pool, and the pain subsided within minutes of warming …

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