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Sports and Extra-Curricular Activities for Congenital Heart Defects Survivors

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Heart to Heart with Anna

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What kind of quality of life can survivors of critical congenital heart defects or CCHDs have regarding sports and hobbies?


About 25% of CHDs are considered CCHDs. Children with CCHDs need surgery or other procedures within the first year of life. They are at risk for death or disability if their heart defect is not detected soon after birth. Some people with treated CCHDs have few related health problems later in life. However, long-term effects of CCHDs can include delayed development and reduced stamina during exercise. Could it be that some CHD Survivors can beat the odds?


Meet three adults with CCHDs who have thrived despite being born at a time in history when the surgeries needed to save their lives were considered experimental. They will tell us about what kind of sports and extra-curricular activities they have enjoyed growing up. If you’ve ever wondered if someone with a CCHD can master karate, play in a marching band or enjoy robotics then you should listen to this episode.