The Facts

February 7th -14th is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week.  Wear red and show your support! 

 I thought I would share a few CHD facts with you.

1 out of 100 babies is born with a CHD.

CHD's is the #1 birth defect Worldwide.

CHD's are the #1 cause of all infant deaths in the U.S..

This year 100,000 babies (under one year) will not live to celebrate their first birthday worldwide and thousands more will die before they reach adulthood.

The cost for inpatient surgery to repair Congenital Heart Defects exceeds $2.2 billion a year.

Of every dollar the government spends on medical funding only a fraction of a penny is directed towards Congenital Heart Defect research.

There are more than 40 different types of congenital heart defects.  There is no known prevention or cure for any of them.

There is no known cause for most heart defects in children; anyone could have a child with a defect.  There is an assumption that the cause of the defects is genetic, but only a few genes have been linked to heart defects.

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