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Congenital Heart Defect (CHD)

What is Congenital Heart Defect (CHD)? 

Congenital Heart Disease is a condition that affects the heart and the way it works. The term "congenital" means that the condition is present from birth. There are over 15 different types of CHD and varies in severity from person to person, requiring different levels of support needs. 

 

Is Congenital Heart Disease considered a disability? 

Yes! In the U.S, CHD is considered a disability and affects the likelihood of having other disabilities. A 2021 study found that young adults with CHD were eight times more likely to have other conditions such as developmental disabilities, ADHD, asthma, and ear infections. 


What's it like to live with a CHD?

Over 2 million people in the United States live with CHD as medical treatments have advanced and are babies living longer and healthier lives. People with CHD can live independent lives, while others may be more likely to be disabled due to genetics. People with CHD can also develop other health conditions over time, depending on the severity of their CHD.

It's super important to make sure that people who have a CHD regularly see their doctor for checkups to ensure their heart stays as healthy as possible.   

 

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