According to the American Heart Association, congenital heart defects (present at birth) are the most common type of birth defect. They affect 8 out of every 1,000 newborns. Each year, more than 35,000 babies in the United States are born with congenital heart defects.
VSDs are among the most common, accounting for 20% to 30% of all congenital heart defects. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 42 out of every 10,000 babies born have a VSD.
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