Childhood Heart Disease

International Childhood Heart Disease Awareness Month

February 2021

Childhood heart disease is a global issue.  Congenital heart disease is the most common birth abnormality affecting 1 in every 100 babies.

In Australia, 8 babies are born each week with some form of congenital heart defect.  Some defects are mild and cause no significant disturbance to the way the heart functions.  However, more than half of all children with a heart condition will require treatment at some stage of life.

Some children may also acquire a heart disease when they are young due to an illness or infection.

There is no known way to prevent congenital heart disease; the causes of heart defects are complex and largely unknown.  There is not currently a cure for all forms of congenital heart disease, however excellent treatment is available for most forms of the disease when it is necessary.

People with congenital/childhood heart disease face unique challenges, treatment and often repeated surgeries for their entire lives, and support is critical at every stage of the journey.

To find out more, seek support and to donate, go to www.heartkids.org.au