14 Heart Facts For You

Learn more facts about congenital heart disease (CHD) and heart health awareness — and share with your family and friends! Spreading the word about CHD is vital to educating the public as a step towards improving care and fueling scientific research.

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

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

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

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

85% of children born with heart disease in the U.S. will live into adulthood.

More than 70% of adults with CHD are not monitored by the appropriate specialized providers.

Even for healthy kids without a family history of high cholesterol or early coronary artery disease, they should have their cholesterol levels checked at age 9-11 and age 17-19.
 
1 in 120 babies is born with heart disease each year in the U.S. That's 40,000 babies every year!

8 most common congenital heart
    defects in the U.S.: Ventricular septal defects, Atrial septal defect, Tetralogy of Fallot, Single ventricle defects, Pulmonary valve stenosis, Patent ductus arteriosus, Transposition of the great arteries, Aortic valve stenosis

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

More than 1.4 million adults are living with CHD in the U.S.and stroke.

Age 12. When experts recommend pediatric heart patients begin talking to their physicians about transitioning to adult cardiac care.

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

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.