Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week is Feb. 7-14. The purpose of the week is to increase public awareness of childhood heart disease and congenital heart defects (CHD), the latter being one of the most common birth defects, affecting one in every one hundred children.
One of the most difficult aspects of CHD for parents is that often, their children don’t appear sick on the outside, which can be deceiving. This week brings hope to those parents, children and families that suffer from CHD.
At Children’s, we perform the most pediatric cardiac procedures in Minnesota. With more than 10,000 cardiac surgeries performed since the inception of our program, we are the largest cardiovascular program in the Upper Midwest.
Some CHD’s may be treated with surgery, medicine and/or devices, such as artificial valves and pacemakers. In the last twenty five years, advances in the treatment of heart defects have enabled half a million U.S. children with serious CHD’s to survive into adulthood.
This Valentine’s Day, do your part and have a heart. Here’s how you can help: