Congenital Heart Disease
Congenital heart disease is one of the most common birth defects worldwide, occurring in about 1 in 100 live births. Each year in Virginia, 800 babies are born with a congenital heart defect. Nearly 400 of these infants require medical care that may include open-heart surgery soon after birth.
The routine use of ultrasound during pregnancy allows medical professionals to identify many of these heart defects before birth. Early diagnosis may allow prenatal cardiac interventions, leading to a better outcome for the baby. Early detection also enables the family and medical team to take necessary precautions, plan for delivery and develop a care plan.
Watch Henry's story to learn more about our compassionate and expert Children's Hospital Foundation Heart Center team at CHoR.