I am a heart mom and as much as this blog is not about my daughter, CHDs are a part of my life. This week is congenital heart defect awareness week and I would be remiss if I didn't post about it. Please watch this video for CHD Awareness Week and pass on the message.
Every 15 minutes in this country, a baby is born with a heart defect. Every 2.5 hours, a baby under age 1 loses their battle with CHD. Unfortunately, routine screening for heart defects is not yet done and many babies go home from the hospital undiagnosed. Awareness is needed so more parents know what to look for. To see the importance of awareness, read the blog When Life Hands You a Broken Heart. Today, Stefenie highlights a story of a child who was not diagnosed until 15 and the devastating results her family is now facing.
If you would like to learn more, here are some great links that discuss the symptoms of CHD and provide more information.
* Symptoms of CHD from the NIH
* List of CHD Facts
* More CHD facts from the American Heart Association