Congenital Heart Disease is a common disease that a child can be born with or may acquire during childhood. Many heart defects fall under the congenital heart disease title, and some defects are more complex than others. The defects are an abnormality of the heart, heart valves and major blood vessels, which can be singular or multiple depending on how the heart develops.
The rate of congenital heart disease in newborns is as high as 10 cases in every 1,00 births resulting in approximately 3,000 babies born each year in Australia with a particular CHD disease form. There is estimated to be over 66,000 Australians living with congenital heart disease, from newborns to adults.
As there has been an increase in Australia’s birth rate, the number of babies with congenital heart disease per year will increase. With advancing medical equipment and better knowledge of treatment, survival rates are also predicted to increase, meaning the prevalence of CHD in our communities will rise. These statistics suggest that there will be a greater need for medical services and equipment to ensure all Australians with congenital heart disease have the support and care needed to live a fulfilling life.
Help4Kids aims to work closely with children hospitals and charities specialising in congenital heart disease to understand and learn how to help the patients and the health care service. We hope to provide medical equipment to support children with congenital heart disease and help fund life-saving research.