How frequent is congenital heart disease?

How frequent is congenital heart disease?

Approximate occurrence of congenital heart disease (birth defects of the heart) is 8 per thousand live births. Congenital heart malformations are much more common in still births and abortions. One form of congenital heart disease known as patent ductus arteriousus is more common in premature babies and as the prematurity increases, the occurrence also increases. Certain disorders of chromosomes like Down syndrome also increase the chance of associated congenital heart disease.