Martha Jefferson HealthWise - February 7

February 7, 2007

Each year more than 30,000 children in the United States are born with Congenital Heart Disease, which can have a big impact on the child and the family. Dr. Bill Hammill is a Pediatric Cardiologist at Martha Jefferson Hospital, and he came to the studio to explain this disease and how to treat it as well as prevent it.

This number averages to about 1 in every 100 babies born that are basically born with a heart problem. Most of the problems are structural, meaning the heart was not formed correctly, and can vary from mild enough to correct itself, to so severe that a life-saving procedure needs to happen immediately.

There are many ways for the heart to be performing abnormally, and many ways to treat these problems. EKG's are often used to look inside at the problems with the baby's heart. To learn more about all of this, click the video link above.

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