CHD Info

Facts About CHD

Some important definitions before you learn about CHD:

Congenital: Present at birth

Congenital Heart Defects: Heart conditions that a baby is born with. These conditions can affect the heart’s shape, how it works, or both.

  • Congenital Heart Defects are the most common birth defect
  • Each year, about 1 out of every 100 babies born has a heart defect
  • Over half of the affected babies born are at significant risk of dying without surgery to correct the defect
  • There are about 35 types of known congenital heart defects. A number of these occur in combination
  • Little is known about the cause of most congenital heart defects. There is no known prevention or cure for any of them
  • More than half of all babies born with CHD will require surgery in order to survive
  • 21% of children requiring cardiac surgery are under 1 month old
  • 40% of children requiring cardiac surgery are under 1 year old
  • Each year over 1 million babies are born world wide with a congenital heart defect. 100,000 of them will not live to see their first birthday and thousands more die before they reach adulthood
  • Across Canada, there are an estimated 100,000 adults with CHD. At least half face the prospect of complications, multiple surgeries and/or premature or sudden death
  • There are very few resources allocated for the care of adult CHD patients In Ontario there are only 33 cardiologists formally trained in the care of adult CHD patients, and only four surgeons with adult CHD expertise

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