The Facts

  • 9 babies out of every 1,000 births will have some form of congenital cardiovascular defect
  • Approximately 40,000 babies are born with a congenital cardiovascular defect each year*
  • About 1,000,000 Americans born with a congenital cardiovascular defect are alive today
  • Congenital cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of infant death from birth defects
  • From 1979-1997, the age-adjusted death rates from congenital cardiovascular defects dropped 39 percent, but 43 percent of deaths still occurred in infants less than one year old
  • Cardiovascular disease is the second leading cause of death for children 15 and under.

About the Mended Little Hearts program

  • Parents with children who have been diagnosed with a congenital cardiovascular defect need to know that they are not alone and there is hope in the midst of their crisis. However, even well-meaning family and friends and compassionate medical staff may not be able to offer them the strength and comfort they need.
  • By speaking with a trained parent volunteer whose family has survived this same difficult situation, parents in crisis can work through their overwhelming emotions as they focus on the vital medical decisions at hand.
  • Through the support system and educational resources of the Mended Little Hearts, families will be able to develop an immediate connection and begin to build a sense of hope for the future.

* According to the American Heart Association 2008