How Many Children Are born With Congenital Heart Disease Each Year?

Q:

What is the number of babies born with CHDs?

A:

CHD affects nearly 1% births per year in the U.S, which means about 40,000 babies are born with CHD. The prevalence of CHDs, especially mild types is increasing while the prevalence of other types has remained stable.

About 25% of babies with a CHD have a critical CHD. Infants with critical CHD generally need surgery or other procedures in their first year of life. One study estimated that in 2010, over 2 million infants, children, adolescents, and adults were living with CHDs in the U.S.

Also, it is estimated that about 1 million children and about 1.4 million adults were living with CHD. About 97% of babies born with a non-critical CHD are expected to survive to one year of age. About 95 % of babies born with a non-critical CHD are expected to survive to 18 years of age. On the other hand, about 75%of babies born with a critical CHD are expected to survive to one year of age. About 69% of babies born with critical CHDs are expected to survive to 18 years of age. The population of people who have CHD is increasing.

 

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