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Last Posted: Sep 29, 2022
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5 Things to Know About Heart Defects
CDC, February 2022 Brand

Heart defects are the most common type of birth defect, affecting nearly 1% of births – or about 40,000 births – per year in the United States. It is estimated that more than two million people in the United States are living with heart defects. Some heart defects can be found during pregnancy by looking at ultrasound pictures of the heart of the developing baby. Other heart defects aren’t detected until birth through newborn screening, or later in life, during childhood or adulthood. Screening newborns for heart defects allows them to be treated early and may prevent other health problems or early death. A CDC study found that, as of 2018, all 50 states and Washington, D.C. have newborn screening programs that test for critical congenital heart defects.

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