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Congenital heart defects (CHD) are the most common birth defects, affecting just under 1 in every 100 babies born around the world.  If your child has been diagnosed with CHD, it means that they were born with an abnormality of the heart, or of the blood vessels connected to the heart.  

Finding out that your child has a congenital heart disease can be an incredibly stressful experience, often leading to anxiety and resulting in fears pertaining to the immediate and long-term well-being of your child.  You are not alone!

Many families in South Africa, and the world over, are affected by congenital and acquired heart defects.  There are numerous online communities that can offer you support, insight and a chance to share your deepest concerns and fears for the future.    
To join parent advocacy groups or connect with families similarly affected, please see the links below. 

What Next?

Most children born with CHD can undergo surgery or treatment and recover to lead normal, or near-normal, lives.  Early detection, awareness and treatment are essential facets involved in the longevity of creating sustainable and optimal health.   
Cardiothoracic surgeons
specialise in surgical procedures of the heart, lungs and other chest organs, irrelevant of age.  
For more specific details about your child's condition or any further information, please contact us here.

If you'd like to know more about our Cardiothoracic surgeons, please click here.

Online Support Communities

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