Congenital heart defects occur in approximately 40,000 newborns each year. This podcast discusses the risk factors and importance of treatment for congenital heart defects. Created: 2/10/2011 by MMWR.
Date Released: 2/10/2011. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Keeping Little Hearts Healthy
Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week
Recorded: February 8, 2011; posted: February 10, 2011
This program is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC — safer, healthier people.
Most babies appear healthy when they’re born. However, some serious problems aren’t always visible. Congenital heart defects affect the structure and function of an infant’s heart. They occur in approximately 40,000 newborns each year.
Maternal obesity, diabetes, and smoking can increase the chance that a child is born with a heart defect. If you’re pregnant or of childbearing age, quit smoking and maintain a healthy weight. If you have diabetes, make sure it’s under control. With treatment, many people who have congenital heart defects are living into adulthood and need regular heart check-ups.
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