CHD Awareness

I haven’t managed to do many charity/ awareness nail art designs but when I saw that it was CHD awareness week I wanted to show my support for those around me who have been touched by it and do my bit to make everyone have a little think about giving anything they can to help.

So I will start with some statistics I have taken from CHD-UK
Statistics of Congential Heart Defects

Congenital Heart Defects, also known as CHD’s are the #1 birth defect in UK affecting 8/1000 live births, this does not count all the children lost in pregnancy to CHD’s (1)

There are 35+ medically recognised CHD’s. List of CHD’s which includes associated CHD’s

CHD’s are the #1 cause of DEATH from a birth defect, killing twice as many children as cancer every year.

Congenital Heart Defects are not always found during pregnancy or at birth, many are not found till childhood, adolescence, adulthood, or after death when it is too late.

Many Dr’s believe that CHD’s are genetic, although most people know nothing of Heart Defects till they have a child born with one.

New studies are showing that Painkillers and Antidepressants taken before and during pregnancy can raise the risk of having a CHD child.

CHD’s can not be cured, the heart must be monitored throughout life. Most will need multiple open heart surgeries, some may even need a heart transplant.
Babies born with CHD’s may need their first open heart surgery at just a few hours or days old.

It has been estimated that there are currently 250,000 adults with CHD in the UK, approximately 1,000,000 in the US and similar numbers in proportional terms in Europe and the rest of the world. (2)

If you don’t know someone with a CHD sooner or later you will !

The abnormality of the heart is similar in everyone who has a CHD, but each person is unique and so is affected differently.

Various procedures are used to help repair the heart to prevent the need for surgery but not enough is being done in the UK to raise awareness of heart problems. Awareness is the key for hope and survival for sufferers and their families as it is often a silent killer.

Please remember that Congenital heart disease is the most frequent form of major birth defects in newborns affecting close to 1% of newborn babies (8 per 1,000), this does not count all the children lost in pregnancy to CHDs(3). (5)

This figure is an underestimate since it does not include some common problems, namely:
Patent ductus arteriosus in preterm babies (a temporary condition)
Bicuspid (two cusps) aortic valve (the aortic valve usually has three cusps or flaps)
Mitral valve prolapse (drooping of a heart valve)
Peripheral pulmonary stenosis (narrowing of the lung vessels well away from the heart) (6)

Written by: CHD-UK
Updated: December 2011

My base for my design is Ciate – Amazing Gracie (appropriate name I think), in the picture you will see two coats over a white base. Unfortunately I struggled to capture the colour once I had added the nail design.

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I painted the CHD ribbon and added the heartbeat design using acrylic paint.

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