Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day Date in the current year: February 14, 2016

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day is an annual campaign that promotes awareness of congenital heart defects. It is celebrated on February 14, Valentine's Day, as a heart is one of the most recognizable symbols of the holiday.

The term “congenital heart defect” (CHD) refers to a defect in the structure of the heart and great vessels that is present at birth. About 9 of every 1000 children born alive have CHD. Some defects are so small that they do not require treatment. Sometimes CHD improves without treatment. However, in most cases CHD requires medications and/or surgery. Most patients with CHD need lifelong cardiac care.

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day was launched by Children's Heart Society, a non-profit, charitable organization based in Canada that focuses on providing support to families of children with congenital and acquired heart disease. Other organizations, such as HeartKids (Australia) and Dr. Mani Children Heart Foundation (India) supported the initiative, and the observance has gone international.

CHD awareness day aims to educate people about congenital heart anomaly, raise public awareness through various advocacy programs and campaigns, and encourage donations to provide support and research into CHD.

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