Congenital Heart Disease Facts – Infographic
Every 15 minutes, a baby is born with congenital heart disease. If a critical CHD is not detected soon after birth, an infant can die. Thanks to improvements in diagnostic imaging and care, many congenital heart defects can be detected before a baby is born. But not always. The Childrens National Medical Center Cardiology team created a Congenital Heart Disease Screening Program, promoting the use of pulse oximetry to detect critical CHDs soon after birth. Pulse ox is a minimally invasive and painless test performed 24 hours after birth that measures the percentage of oxygen in the blood. Our hope is that all US states will make this simple, inexpensive test part of routine newborn screening. Here’s how Children’s National Heart Institute is implementing pulse ox screening throughout the country and saving lives of children born with congenital heart disease. From Children’s National Medical Centre.