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Jacob Burris is CardioSmart

When he was 12 years old, Jacob Burris was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. Today, he is spreading the word about the importance of checking blood pressure and raising awareness about CHDs.

My motto is 'Just Be Amazing' because I think it would 'Just Be Amazing' if we could cure all CHDs.

Jacob Burris: Congenital Heart Defects patient

At his 12-year checkup, Jacob Burris was told he had high blood pressure. After more tests, he was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, coarctation of the aorta. In this video, Jacob talks about the challenges of living well as a CHD survivor.

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Congenital Heart Defects

About 1 million adults are living with congenital heart disease. If you or your child has a heart defect, it can be very scary. Use this condition center to learn more about congenital heart defects.

Congenital Heart Defects Infographic