Chelsea_1_Many people are unaware of childhood heart disease (CHD) – and its prevalence in Australia.

Some remember the term “Blue Baby” and “Hole in the Heart Baby” – these are conditions that describe CHD which, in reality, covers a wide range of conditions. At HeartKids, we also include children who may acquire heart conditions such as Rheumatic Fever and Kawasaki’s Disease – therefore we often refer to CHD as meaning childhood heart disease , rather than congenital heart disease.

Some startling statistics:

  • Eight babies are born with a heart defect in Australia every day. That is almost 3,000 every year.
  • Childhood heart disease is the single biggest killer of children under the age of one in Australia.
  • Approx half of children diagnosed with heart disease require surgery to correct the defect.
  • Each week more than four Australians pass away as a result of a congenital heart defect.
  • It is estimated that 32,000 children (under 18 years of age) are currently living with CHD in Australia.
  • Some children acquire heart conditions during childhood, e.g. cardiomyopathy, Kawasaki disease or as a result of rheumatic fever.
  • A disproportionate number of indigenous children suffer from acquired heart disease – often as a result of rheumatic fever, which is prevalent in many communities.

HeartKids are striving to increase awareness of childhood heart disease through various campaign and advocacy programs.

Click here to find out how you can help in the fight against childhood heart disease.

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