Children's National Health System cardiologist Gerard Martin, MD, discusses how pulse oximetry can save lives with WTOP. The noninvasive test can detect critical congenital heart disease in newborns.
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Children's National is a leader in research and advocacy in the effort to implement congenital heart disease screening for all newborns.
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect. Approximately 8 per every 1,000 babies are born with a form of CHD and about 280 outwardly healthy babies are discharged from hospitals every year with unrecognized CHD.
Cardiologists at Children's National developed Follow My Heart to help patients take control of their congenital heart disease. It was featured on AHRQ's Questions are the Answer campaign.
Baby's First Test and Children's National Health System present the Heart Smart video series, educating health care providers and families on screening for critical congenital heart disease.