Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs) Tracking and Research

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CDC is working to identify causes of heart defects and improve the health of those living with these conditions. Researching health issues and needs across the lifespan can help ensure people born with heart defects are getting needed care.

Why is Tracking and Research Important?

  • Tracking: Birth defects tracking programs identify babies born with birth defects, including heart defects, to learn more about these conditions. Birth defects tracking programs enable scientists to determine where and when birth defects occur.
  • Research: By studying data from tracking programs, researchers can identify factors that increase or decrease the risk of heart defects.

How is CDC Tracking and Researching Heart defects?

CDC’s tracking and research includes the following activities.

Where Can I Find the Latest CDC Research on Heart Defects?

For the latest scientific information from CDC, please visit our page with Key Findings and articles of interest.