From: http://perfectbrokenhearts.wordpress.com/category/chd-research/pulse-ox-testing/Approximately 36,000 babies are born each year with a CHD. (American Heart Association Website). Less than 10% of CHD’s are diagnosed before birth.
This year approximately 4,000 babies will not live to see their first birthday because of Congenital Heart Defects. (Children’s Heart Foundation)
Most people are unaware that Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs) are the most common birth defect in America, affecting approximately one in one hundred, or 40,000 newborns each year. CHDs are responsible for one third of all birth defect-related deaths and sadly 20 percent of children who make it through birth will not survive past their first birthday. Although a child is born every 15 minutes with a CHD, research continues to be grossly under-funded in America. Of every dollar the government spends on medical funding, only a fraction of a penny is directed toward congenital heart defect research. (Children’s Heart Foundation)