Heart Health

Congenital heart disease

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.

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.

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