“This post was sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Children’s Heart Program as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”
According to the Centers For Disease Control, roughly 40,000 babies are born in the United States each year with a congenital heart defect. Many of the those require surgery within their first year of life. As the advancements in medicine improve each year, so do the survival rates. Those patients can require long-term monitoring and medical care. The Cleveland Clinic Children’s Heart Program collaborates with the #1 Heart Program in the Nation to help provide better care to the youngest of patients.
Nearly 10 years ago, a friend received devastating news during an ultrasound of her unborn daughter. She was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Unfortunately, shortly after her daughter was born, she died. Every year she collects donations for parents and children affected by congenital heart defects. She is also an advocate for patient education and encourages families to learn as much as possible about CHD and to make educated treatment decisions. She said she wished she would have known about the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Heart Program before her child’s death.
Many congenital heart defects are diagnosed prior to birth during routine ultrasounds. Advancements in medicine have helped to make both diagnosis and treatment earlier than ever. Care at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Heart Program is available for patients and their families from birth through adulthood. Physicians and other health care providers create individualized treatment plans for each patient. They can help the patient and family implement the plan and follow them long-term.
Even if your child does not have congenital heart disease or a congenital heart defect the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Heart Program has some information that’s beneficial to most parents or caregivers.
- Concerned about the risks between childhood obesity and adult heart disease? Read more here.
- Do you want to encourage heart healthy habits in your child? Read more here.
- Are you concerned about your child’s cholesterol? Read more here.
The Cleveland Clinic Children’s Heart Program has much more information about encouraging heart healthy habits and preventing heart disease.
Do you know a child or caregiver of a child that has been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect or disease? The number for the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Heart Program is 216.444.KIDS and the website for the program can be found here. Please feel free to share this information with anyone who might need it. Also if you have any experiences with the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Heart Program, I would love to hear about them.