Home > Medical > Heart Health > Congenital heart disease Congenital heart disease All sections in Heart » About Heart » Children & Heart Disease » Congenital Heart Disease » Emergency Treatment » FAQs » Diet and your Heart » Health Tips » Heart and Exercise » Heart Attack » Heart Transplants » After a Heart Attack » Multimedia » Heart News » Obesity » Smoking & your Heart » Stress & your Heart » Tests & Procedures » The Heart in Space » Treatment » Women & Heart Disease Learn more about congenital heart disease and congenital heart defects (CHD) 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 congenital heart defects The type and severity of the actual congenital heart defect will determine what symptoms and signs the child displays. What is a congenital heart defect? If a baby stays blue after birth, he may have a congenital heart defect (CHD) and will need immediate medical attention. Congenital Heart Defect - 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. load more From our sponsor 3 symptoms of an acute heart failure episode! 5 lifestyle changes to help manage heart failure!