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Dr. Joseph K. Perloff dies at 89; head of UCLA cardiology center
Dr. Joseph K. Perloff dies at 89; head of UCLA cardiology center

Dr. Joseph K. Perloff, a retired UCLA cardiologist who helped establish the study of adult congenital heart disease and became the founding director of one of the first clinics dedicated to its treatment, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 89 and had complications from coronary artery disease, according to his daughter, Carey Perloff. In the 1970s, Perloff realized that medical advances were extending the life expectancy of patients who were born with cardiac heart defects. Instead of dying in childhood, many patients were living into adulthood. But pediatric cardiologists didn't understand the adult heart well, and adult cardiologists had difficulty diagnosing...

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