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:
Rapid breathing
Bluish skin, lips or fingernails 
Poor weight gain
Feeling tired

 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

or stroke.

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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.

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Congenital Heart Defects 
are the MOST common type of 
 birth defect.

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%

will need


At least 15% of CHDs

are associated with

genetic conditions​.​​

Children who have genetic disorders, such as Down Syndrome, often have congenital heart defects. In fact, half of babies with Down Syndrome

have CHDs.