CHD occurs due to a problem with the structure of the heart. It is the most common type of birth defect involving the heart walls, the valves, arteries and veins. As per Padma Shri Awardee, Dr K K Aggarwal, President, HCFI, Most CHDs can be corrected surgically, and the child can live a near normal life. In India, lakhs of children die every year as they cannot afford surgical intervention. CHDs can be classified as a blue baby or a non-blue baby. There was a time when no cure was available but today, many hospitals are performing surgeries in children with congenital heart disease with excellent outcomes.
Signs and symptoms:
Cyanosis - a bluish tint to the skin, lips, and fingernails