CHD Facts

Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are the most common birth defects in the United States, affecting approximately 1 in every 110 (about 40,000) babies each year. 1 baby is born every 15 minutes with CHD.

About 25% of children born with CHD need heart surgery or other interventions to survive.  

For many forms of CHD, surgery is not a cure.  Congenital heart disease is a lifelong condition requiring specialized care, and often additional surgeries and medications are needed later in life.