CONGENITAL HEART DEFECT FACTS

Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are heart abnormalities present at birth and can affect the structure of a baby’s heart and the way it works.

Source: CDC

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CHDs are the MOST common birth defect, affecting about 1 in 100 births. 40,000 babies a year are born with CHD, meaning that 1 baby is diagnosed with CHD every 15 minutes!

Source: CDC

About 1 in 4 babies born with a heart defect has a critical congenital heart defect, and these babies need surgery or other interventions in the first year of life.

Source: CDC

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There are over 40 different types of CHDs and there is no cure for any of them.

CHD is the cause of about 1/3 of all infant deaths related to birth defects.

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CHD is 60 times more prevalent than all childhood cancers.

Source: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

CHDs occur frequently yet research is heavily underfunded. 

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The cause of most CHDs is still unknown.

Source: CDC

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