Congenital Heart Defects

To learn more about congenital heart defects, browse any of the topics below.


Thumbnail of Nurse Listening to Child's HeartAbout Congenital Heart Defects
A congenital heart defect is an abnormality present at birth. Find information on specific types tailored to adults with heart defects and parents of children diagnosed with a defect.
Close up of a young worried boyThe Impact of Congenital Heart Defects
Learn about problems that may accompany congenital heart defects and how this can impact a person's future.
Young girl hugging her parent on the beachUnderstand Your Risk of Congenital Heart Defects
Find out who is at risk for congenital heart defects and what additional health risks are noted for possible future pregnancies and conditions.
 
Thumbnail of Nurse Listening to Child's HeartSymptoms & Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Defects
Most heart defects are spotted during childhood, but sometimes a person may reach adulthood before discovering a heart defect. Learn about the symptoms and diagnostic measures.
Young girl in hospital bed with her fatherCare & Treatment for Congenital Heart Defects
Discover the ongoing needs of adults and children with heart defects. Surgeries, procedures and lifestyle modifications are addressed.
Doctor listening to girl's heartTools & Resources
Here we offer extensive downloadable information to help you and your supportive friends and family understand the condition and special needs.


CHD Personal Stories

personal stories

These touching stories from parents and young survivors affected by congenital heart defects provide inspiration and hope.

Find and Give Support

Visit our Support Network today

When faced with challenges recovering after heart disease or stroke, it’s important to have emotional support. That is why we created a network to connect patients and loved ones with others during their journey. 

Web Booklets on Congenital Heart Defects

blue papersThese online publications describe many defects and the procedures used to repair them. It’s organized so that you can print out the sections that relate to you or your child’s defect and concerns.