Facts About Heart Defects in Children
Each year, 1 out of every 120 babies in the United States, and 1 million babies worldwide, is born with some type of heart defect, making congenital heart defect the most common type of birth defect in children.
Get the facts about pediatric heart defects and find out how you can help raise awareness and research funds.
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Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect, affecting approximately 40,000 babies in the United States each year.
Congenital heart defects occur in the early stages of pregnancy, when the heart is forming. Congenital heart defects include abnormalities in the heart’s structure, electrical system and other abnormalities that affect the function of a baby’s heart.
Each year, 1 out of every 120 babies is born with some type of congenital heart defect in the United States, and approximately 1 million babies are born with heart defects worldwide.
Single ventricle heart defects, such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome, are among the most complex and challenging forms of congenital heart defects to treat.
Yes. In fact, congenital heart defects are approximately 60 times more prevalent than childhood cancer.
Genetic or chromosomal abnormalities cause some heart defects. Other risk factors include maternal smoking during pregnancy, maternal obesity, maternal diabetes and maternal infections such as rubella.
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