Heart Health

Congenital heart disease

Learn more about congenital heart disease and congenital heart defects and how this condition affects babies.

KZN teenager promotes organ donor awareness

A Durban teenager with a heart defect that leaves him permanently tired is working as an ambassador for organ donation in South Africa as he waits for transplant surgery.

CHD not a problem before birth

Many people wonder why congenital heart defects (CHD) only becomes apparent at birth and not before the baby is born.

Signs and symptoms of CHD

The type and severity of the actual heart defect will determine what symptoms and signs the child displays.

CHD - prevalence and diagnosis

Congenital heart defect is the commonest form of major birth defects, affecting 6-8/1000 live births. Most (up to 60%) of babies with CHD are diagnosed by one month of age.

What causes CHD?

There are several different causes of congenital heart defects – some are unknown, others are chromosomal, and some are environmental.

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