Spotlight on Congenital Heart Defects
Support for patients with congenital heart disease.
Did you know that congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect, affecting nearly 40,000 infants each year? They are also the leading cause of infant mortality in the United States, costing roughly $1.4 billion nationally in medical costs each year. Fortunately, with increased awareness and prevention, we have the power to reduce the impact of congenital heart defects on the lives of infants and adults. Not only has research has helped patients with congenital heart defects live longer, with about 1 million adults currently living with this condition, but it has also helped further prevention through weight maintenance, diabetes control, quitting smoking, taking folic acid and avoiding drug use.
Are you or someone you know affected by or living with congenital heart disease? Here are some resources we hope you’ll find helpful.
CHD Family Information Pack
Mended Little Hearts’ Parent Matching Program
Follow My Heart PHR for Congenital Heart Disease
CDC's Five Facts about Congenital Heart Defects