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Congenital heart defects are heart defects that are present at birth.

In a congenital condition, the problem is present before or shortly after birth thus causing problems for the newborn infants. Some infants with severe acyanotic varieties of congenital heart disease may fail to thrive and may have breathing difficulties.

What is Acyanotic Heart Disease?

Acyanotic heart disease is a broad term for any congenital heart defect in which all of the blood returning to the right side of the heart passes through the lungs and pulmonary vasculature in the normal fashion. The common forms of acyanotic congenital heart defects are those where there is a defect in one of the walls separating the chambers of the heart, or obstruction to one valve or artery.

Types of Acyanotic Heart Disease

The main types of acyanotic heard disease are: Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA), Coarctation of the Aorta, Atrial Septal Defect (ASD), Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD), Atrioventricular Septal Defect (AVSD), Aortic Stenosis (AS), Pulmonary Stenosis (PS), Tetralogy of Fallot, Transposition of the Great Vessels (TGA), Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR), Truncus Arteriosus, Tricuspid Atresia, and Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS).

Congenital Heart Disease Statistics 

  • About 32,000 babies are born each year with cardiovascular defects.

  • At least 35 types of cardiovascular defects are recognized. 

  • About 1,000,000 Americans with cardiovascular defects are alive today. 

  • In the United States, congenital conditions occur in eight per 1,000 live births.

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