Why You Should Care
Every 15 minutes a child is born with a congenital heart defect (CHD).
Congenital Heart Defects are America’s – or any countries – most common birth defect, affecting 1 in 100 live births.
Nearly half of children born with CHD will need surgery to survive. Many of them will need it in their first few months of life.
Of the 40,000 children born with CHD in the United States, 4,000 will not live long enough to celebrate even one birthday.
Thousands more will die from CHD before they can experience their first kiss, first love, drive a car, vote or graduate high school.
Congenital Heart Defects are the #1 cause of birth defect related deaths.
In the United States, CHD is the leading cause of all infant deaths in the United States.
Almost half of all children and adults with Complex Congenital Heart Disease have neurological and developmental disabilities.
There are an estimated 2,000,000 CHD survivors in the United States.
For the first time, more than 50% of CHD survivors are adults.
91,000 life years are lost each year in this country due to Congenital Heart Defects.
In the United States the cost for inpatient surgery to repair CHD exceeds $2.2 billion a year.
There are more than 40 different types of Congenital Heart Defects. Little is known about the cause of most of them. There is no known prevention or cure for any of them.
In the United States twice as many children die from CHD each year than from all forms of childhood cancer combined, yet funding for pediatric cancer research is five times higher than funding for CHD.
The NHLBI (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute) has stated that Congenital Heart Defects are a serious and underappreciated global health problem.
Still – of every dollar the government spends on medical research funding only a fraction of a penny is directed toward CHD research.
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