Sunday, January 3, 2010

A Few Facts about Congenital Heart Defects

Here are just a few facts about Congenital Heart Defects. Some of them I found to be shocking and downright scandalous. This is the #1 birth defect, and yet, the American Heart Association only spends .01 on pediatric cardiology research, and the government only spends a fraction of a penny??? Aren't our children more important than that??

  • Congenital Heart Defects are the #1 birth defect
  • Nearly twice as many children die from Congenital Heart Defects in the United States each year as from all forms of childhood cancers combined, yet funding for pediatric cancer research is five times higher than funding for CHD
  • The American Heart Association directs only $0.30 of every dollar donated toward research. The remainder goes toward administration, education and fundraising efforts. Of the $0.30 that goes toward research only $0.01 goes toward pediatric cardiology for CHD.
  • This year approximately 4,000 babies will not live to see their first birthday because of Congenital Heart Defects.
  • Of every dollar the government spends on medical funding only a fraction of a penny is directed toward Congenital Heart Defect research.

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1 comment:

  1. I'll be praying for you and your family. There is a great heart community on BabyCenter..not sure if you go there, but a number of families have dealt with Ebstein's there. I can't insert the link, but it's Babies and Children with Heart Problems. Also, if you are on Facebook, I have a fanpage there for 1in100. Outreach and awareness for CHD. Just launching the website at Peace and prayers, Annamarie