Heart & Stroke Conditions Explained


Congenital heart disease (CHD)

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is a general term to describe more than 40 heart conditions or problems with the heart’s structure that are present at birth.

Every year, 500 to 600 babies are born with congenital heart disease in Ireland. Almost 19,000 people, from babies to adults, live with CHD (Heart Children).

On the next page are links to some useful organisations that can offer support for CHD.

Support for you

Congenital heart disease (CHD)

Living as an adult with CHD (or supporting children with CHD) can be stressful and overwhelming. We are here to help with professional counselling and emotional support programmes, information events and our online community.

For more information on these supports for you, visit our heart support page.

Nurse Support Line – Our expert nurses are here to help you, Mondays 9am to 5pm, Tuesday to Friday 9am to 1pm.  For all your heart and stroke questions, big and small.

Phone: 01 6685001 or e-mail: support@irishheart.ie

Useful links:

Heart Children Ireland provides support and information for children and adults affected by congenital heart disease.

Support for you
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