Facts about
Congenital Heart Defects

  • At least 8 of every 1,000 infants born each year have a heart defect. About 1 million Americans with cardiovascular defects are alive today.
    Source: www.americanheart.org

  • Nearly twice as many children die from congenital heart disease in the United States each year as die from all forms of childhood cancers combined. Over 91,000 life years are lost each year in the US due to congenital heart disease. Charges for care exceed 2.2 billion dollars, for inpatient surgery alone.
    Source www.americanheart.org

  • TGA occurs in 5 to 7 percent of all congenital heart defects. Sixty to 70 percent of the infants born with the defect are boys.
    Source: www.babyheartspress.com

  • The highest risk for Sudden Cardiac Death, are those with TGA who have had the atrial switch repair. The incidence in which it occurs is 5-7 out of every 1000 people.
    Source: Archives of Disease in Childhood

  • Death occuring during sports is 10-25 people each year out of the entire US population.
    Source: Archives of Disease in Childhood

  • Old methods of reconstruction, such as the Mustard and Senning repairs, are associated with late ventricular failure in 20% of patients and arrhythmias in well over 50%.
    Source: Pediatricheart.org

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