The Facts

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  • Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defects in the United States, affecting approximately 1 in every 110 babies each year.
  • There are approximately two to three million individuals in the United States with congenital heart defects. Because there is no U.S. system to track congenital heart defects beyond early childhood, more precise estimates are not available.
  • Thanks to improvements in survival, the number of adults living with congenital heart defects is increasing to about 85%.
  • Most causes of congenital heart defects are unknown.
  • In 2009 the hospital costs for children with congenital heart defects was nearly $1.5 billion. 

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