The American Academy of Pediatrics, in a statement last year, recommended all kids be screened for congenital heart defects. Every 15 minutes, a child is born with a heart defect, making it the number one form of birth defect world wide. Due to a lack of testing, a third of those born with a heart defect aren’t diagnosed until illness or death.
That is why My HeartCheck has been providing families in the Mid West a thorough yet affordable way to have their kids tested for these hidden defects.
Learn more facts about congenital heart defects in the full article.
Congenital heart defects are abnormalities in the structure or function of a baby’s heart that are present at birth. The main goal of Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week, Feb. 7-14, is to increase awareness of and education about CHDs.
A CHD may be diagnosed before a baby is born, right after birth or later in life. In fact, one-third of CHDs are diagnosed in utero, one-third are diagnosed after birth, and one-third are not diagnosed until illness or death. Prenatal ultrasounds can detect some CHDs as early as 18-20 weeks.
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