Heart Kids Hawke's Bay
CHDs are the most common serious birth abnormality in New Zealand.
A Childhood (or Congenital) Heart Defect (CHD) means a child is born with an abnormally structured heart and/or large vessels. Some hearts may have incomplete or missing parts, they could be put together the wrong way, may have holes between chamber partitions or may have narrow or leaky valves or narrow vessels. It is not unusual for a child to have multiple defects.
There are many types of congenital heart defects, and they range from relatively mild conditions that pose little threat to a child's life, to those that require immediate surgery. There is no cure for a CHD, however there are surgical procedures which will improve the heart's function.