February 7-14 is Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week. We are raising funds for the Children’s Heart Foundation.
Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defects. Nearly one of every 100 babies is born with a CHD.
Each year approximately 40,000 babies are born in the United States with a congenital heart defect. (Source: CHPHC)
An approximate 100-200 deaths are due to unrecognized heart disease in newborns each year. These numbers exclude those dying before diagnosis. (Source: CHPHC)
Approximately 25% of children born with a CHD will need heart surgery or other interventions to survive. (Source: CHPHC)
People with CHDs face a life-long risk of health problems such as issues with growth and eating, developmental delays, difficulty with exercise, heart rhythm problems, heart failure, sudden cardiac arrest or stroke. (Source: CHPHC)
The Children’s Heart Foundation is the leading national organization that was created to exclusively fund congenital heart defect research.
The Children’s Heart Foundation has funded over $9.6 million to basic science, translational and clinical CHD research projects at leading research centers across the US, Canada and Europe.
Today, more infants with CHDs survive to adulthood because of advancements made through research.
Despite the progress made in understanding and treating CHDs, more work is needed to determine the cause and best treatment options.
Congenital heart defects are common and can be deadly, yet CHD research is grossly under-funded relative to the prevalence of the disease.
The NHLBI has stated that Congenital Heart Defects are a serious and underappreciated global health problem.