CHD Resources




A Heart Like Ava

About CHD's


  • Congenital heart defects are abnormalities in the structure of the heart which are present at birth. 
  • 1 in 110 babies are born with some type of CHD, making it the #1 birth defect.
  • CHD's are the #1 cause of birth defect related deaths.
  • About 40,000 babies are born with a CHD every year in the United States. Thousands of those will not survive to their first birthday.
  • More than half of all children born with CHD's require at least one invasive surgery during their life.
  • In the US, TWICE as many children die from CHD's than from all forms of childhood cancer combined, yet the funding for pediatric cancer research is 5 times higher than CHD funding. 
  • There are more than forty different types of CHD's.
  • In most cases, the cause of CHD's are unknown.
  • THERE IS NO KNOWN PREVENTION OR CURE FOR CHD'S.​