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Cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, are our nation's No. 1 killer. To urge Americans to join the battle against these diseases, since 1963 Congress has required the president to proclaim February "American Heart Month." (Note this is not "Heart Month" or "National Heart Month.")
The American Heart Association works with the administration to draft and sign this annual proclamation.
CHD Awareness Week is February 7th-14th.
Congenital Heart Disease is considered to be the most common birth defect, and is a leading cause of birth-defect related deaths worldwide.
Despite the fact that CHD affects millions of families, a relatively small amount of funding is currently available for parent/patient educational services, research, and support.
Facts about CHD
*Sometimes during early pregnancy, a baby's heart fails to form properly, resulting in structural abnormalities known as Congenital Heart Defects. Although some defects are genetic, in many cases the cause is unknown.
*Although some babies will be diagnosed at birth, sometimes the diagnosis is not made until days, weeks, months, or even years after. In some cases, CHDs are not detected until adolescence or adulthood.
*Some CHDs may not require treatment other than periodic visits to a Pediatric Cardiologist. Others can be treated with medications or repaired with surgery and/or procedures.
*Complex defects may require several surgeries and are never really "cured".
*Many cases of sudden cardiac death in young athletes are caused by undiagnosed CHDs and Childhood Onset Heart Disease.
*It is estimated that more adults than children are living with congenital heart disease, and this population is expected to grow by 5% each year. Yet, many adults with CHD are not receiving adequate ongoing care from trained specialists.
PS~ Pulmonary Stenosis •valvar pulmonary stenosis - the valve leaflets are thickened and/or narrowed
•supravalvar pulmonary stenosis - the pulmonary artery just above the pulmonary valve is narrowed
•subvalvar (infundibular) pulmonary stenosis - the muscle under the valve area is thickened, narrowing the outflow tract from the right ventricle
•branch peripheral pulmonic stenosis - the right or left pulmonary artery is narrowed, or both may be narrowed
SVT~ Supraventricular Tachycardia
TA~ Tricuspid Atresia
TGA~ Transposition of the Great Arteries
VSD~ Ventricular Septal Defect
Thanks Yvonne (Jaidynsmum) for my beautiful siggy!
Last edited by stacyp; April 16th, 2009 at 01:40 PM.