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Screening Babies for Congenital Heart Defects

by Cresha A. on Friday, October 12, 2012

Small hearts sometimes conceal big challenges.  

We often think of heart disease as a problem for adults.  However, congenital heart defects (CHD), are a leading birth defect in the U.S. and the No. 1 killer of infants with birth defects. The incidence of CHD ranges between 4 and 10 per 1,000 live births.  Tragically, more than 1,400 of them do not live to celebrate their first birthday. 

Fortunately, there is a simple solution!  Pulse oximetry testing will ensure that every newborn baby in Ohio receives a simple, non-invasive blood oxygen test that help to determine if the child has an undiagnosed Critical Congenital Heart Defect (CCHD).  By adding pulse oximetry to the Ohio newborn screening panel, we can save our babies!

And you can make a difference!

Make plans to meet us at the Statehouse in Columbus on November 13th. Join us for an action-packed day where you will get the opportunity to meet advocates from all over Ohio, share your story, and speak with your legislators in support of pulse oximetry screenings for all Ohio newborns!   (For additional details on the day, click on the registration link.)

The deadline to register, November 2nd, is quickly approaching.  Please register today!   

Hope to see you!

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