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CHD Fact Sheets

Congenital Heart Defect Fact Sheets

The congenital heart defects (CHD) information sheets were developed by a workgroup of the Congenital Heart Public Health Consortium (CHPHC).  They carefully reviewed published literature and developed these sheets to address frequently asked questions about CHDs.  Topics include: prevalence, risk factors and causes, mortality, morbidity, and healthcare access and costs.

CHD Fact Sheet - short version 

The short version fact sheet answers 5 basic frequently asked questions about congenital heart defects in an easy-to-share format.

  • What is a congenital heart defect?
  • How common are congenital heart defects?
  • What is the health impact of congenital heart defects?
  • What cause congenital heart defects?
  • What are the health care access and cost challenges related to congenital heart defects?


CHD Fact Sheet - long version 

The long version fact sheet addresses a wider range of questions and includes more detailed information with references.  This can serve as a source document for sound bites and statistics regarding CHD.

The facts on the short sheet were based on the detailed information with references from the long sheet.