Approximately 1 out of every 100 babies are born with congenital heart defects (CHDs).
Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect.
CHDs are present at birth and can affect the structure of a baby’s heart and the way it works. They can affect how blood flows through the heart and out to the rest of the body.
CHDs can vary from mild (such as a small hole in the heart) to severe (such as missing or poorly formed parts of the heart).
My heart facts...
I had two atrial septal defects (ASD). An ASD is a hole in the septum (wall) that divides the upper chambers of the heart (atria).
My ASDs increased the amount of blood that flowed through the right side of my heart and my lungs. This caused the right side of my heart to enlarge. It caused damaged to the blood vessels in my lungs. I also have an abnormal heartbeat called an arrhythmia.
If my doctor's didn't find my ASDs and repair it, I could have developed high blood pressure in the lungs, heart failure, and an increased risk of stroke.
Thanks to my doctor's, my heart and lungs are healing.