Sunday, October 4, 2009

Heart Defects in Children with Down syndrome

About 40 to 50 percent of children with Down syndrome are born with a heart defect.The most common defects are Atrioventricular Septal Defect and Ventricular Septal Defect.Survival beyond one year of age is 85 percent in all children with Down syndrome who have a congenital heart defect. Over 50 percent of individuals with Down syndrome live to be greater than 50 years old.


Kim Rees said...

Great fact! I too want to write a post about heart defects since we have lived through it with our miracle baby Liliana. :)

Emily said...

Great info! I can't believe how much I am learning from this fabulous month of Down syndrome awareness!

Karen said...

I'm always surprised at doctors who act like Micah's lack of a heart condition is highly unusual. While 50% is a high odd, it doesn't mean that those without problems are uncommon.