CHD Fact Sheet

▪    Congenital heart defects are the #1 birth defect in the world.

▪    Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect in the United States, affecting nearly 1% of―or about 40,000―births per year. – Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

▪    Congenital heart defects are a leading cause of birth defect-associated infant illness and death. – CDC

▪    From 1999 to 2006, Nearly half (48%) of the deaths due to congenital heart defects occurred during infancy (younger than 1 year of age). – CDC

▪    Currently, no population-based tracking program exists to collect data on children and adults with congenital hearts defects. Therefore, other methods have been used to estimate the number of people with these defects among this growing population. Based on these methods, it is estimated that there are more than 1 million American children and adults with Congenital Heart Defects are alive today. – CDC

▪    Of every dollar the government spends on medical funding only a fraction of a penny is directed toward congenital heart defect research – Children’s Heart Foundation

▪    In the last decade death rates for congenital heart defects have declined by almost 30% due to advances made through research. – Children’s Heart Foundation