Congenital Heart Defects Fact Sheet

  • Congenital heart defects are the number one birth defect in the United States and the number one cause of death from birth defects during the first year of life. Source: The March of Dimes Prenatal
    Data Center, 2000 and The NIH Guide Pediatric Disease Clinical Research Network, May 24,2000.
  • Congenital heart defects occur at least three times more often than childhood cancers and significantly more than pediatric AIDS. Source: The NIH Guide Pediatric Disease Clinical Research Network, May 24,2000.
  • Nearly twice as many children die from congenital heart disease in the U.S. each year, as from all
    forms of childhood cancers combined. Source: The American Heart Association.
  • Charges for care exceed 2.2 billion dollars, for inpatient surgery alone. Source: The American Heart
    Association.
  • Although nearly twice as many children die each year from CHD compared with childhood cancers,
    funding for pediatric cancer research is five times higher than for CHD. Source: The American
    Heart Association.
 

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