12 Heart Facts For You

Learn more facts about congenital heart disease and heart health awareness — and share with your family and friends! Raising awareness can help encourage families to make positive lifestyle changes.

About 1 million babies around the world are born with heart disease each year.

1 in 120 babies is born with heart disease each year in the U.S. That's 40,000 babies every year!

About 25% of kids with a CHD have a critical form and generally need an intervention during their first year of life.

Infant deaths from heart defects have declined by 1/3 in states that require pulse oximetry screenings to measure oxygen 
in the blood.

High cholesterol can lead to heart problems – even in kids. They should have their cholesterol levels checked at age 9-11, and age 17-19.

9 out of 10 kids eat more sodium than recommended per day (2,300 mg), increasing their risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack and kidney failure.
 
85% of children born with heart disease in the U.S. will live into adulthood.

Survival rates are up by 30% for children born with heart defects in the past decade – thanks to research and innovative treatments.

1 vs. 60 For every child with cancer in the U.S., there are 60 others with heart disease.

60 plus minutes a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity is recommended for all children.

About 1/2 of the sodium  children consume comes from common foods like pizza, bread, chips, snacks, chicken nuggets, tacos, cold cuts, soup and pasta dishes.

More than 1 in 7 children in the U.S. have high blood pressure and should be screened annually to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke.