Public Health

The objective of all public health activities is to lessen the occurrence of disease and to diminish the burden of disease on patients, their families and their communities.

Congenital Heart Disease (CHD)

CHD is a birth defect that affects the development of the heart and the major arteries and veins. The care and treatment of infants with these abnormalities uses extensive and expensive health care resources and severe abnormalities still represent a major cause of infant mortality in developed countries.

Social and Personal Concerns Emerge with Medical Advances

Technologic advances over the past few decades have greatly improved the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular abnormalities, but there has not as yet been adequate emphasis on the many personal and social difficulties encountered by patients and their families.

The Vision

Congenital heart disease should become a worthy focus of professional and public attention to all measures that could reduce its occurrence and prevent its many lifetime adversities.