CONGENITAL HEART DEFECT (CHD):
A problem in the structure of the heart that is
present at birth.
Signs and symptoms depend on the specific type of
problem. In many cases there are no symptoms present, in others the symptoms are life threatening. It does not cause chest pain. Complications that can result from heart defects
include heart failure.
Symptoms MAY include:
Bluish skin, lips or fingernails
Poor weight gain
Those born with CHDs will face the risk of health problems their entire lives.
Such issues include growth, and eating, developmental delays, difficulty with sports and exercise, heart rhythm problems, heart
failure, sudden cardiac arrest
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An infant’s risk of being born with a CHD increases by 3 times if the mother, father, or a sibling has a CHD.
Congenital Heart Defects
are the MOST common type of
CHDs are as common as autism & about
twenty-five times more common than cystic fibrosis
The government only spends a fraction of a penny
on medical funding for CHD research. Twice as many children die from CHDs, than from ALL forms of childhood cancer COMBINED,
yet government funding is 5
times more for
childhood cancer than
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Close to 40,000
babies are born
every year with a Congenital heart defect. Of those babies approximately 25%
At least 15% of CHDs
are associated with
Children who have genetic disorders, such as Down Syndrome, often have congenital heart defects. In fact, half of babies with Down Syndrome