Why Research

Placing Children at the Heart of Research

The Children’s Heart Foundation exists for one reason: to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of congenital heart defects by funding the most promising research.

Our vision is a world in which everyone born with a congenital heart defect has the chance to live a long, healthy life, and that eventually, CHDs will be eradicated altogether. With the help of our volunteers and supporters, we are making great progress. 

Research funded by The Children’s Heart Foundation is saving lives and has already improved survival rates, longevity, and quality of life for CHD patients in dramatic and life-changing ways. In the past two decades, death rates from congenital heart defects have dropped by 37.5 percent. As a result, the Foundation is now supporting research on the developmental, transitional, and lifelong care needs affecting the millions of Americans with CHDs who are living longer lives than ever before. The research we fund is saving lives and positively impacts all CHD patients.

Because of continued research into CHDs, scientists are:

Our 2020 Year-end Impact Report shares details on our research funding efforts and other ways we are working toward a world in which everyone born with a CHD can live a long and healthy life. Read the Year-end update here.

Stories like these inspire us to continue funding research and looking for answers:

Is CHD research important to you and your family? Share your story with us.