Health Topics: Cardiology
Dr. Cross is the Cardiac MRI director at Children's National Health System.
When Xiomara's mother Elena was 20 weeks pregnant, her ultrasound uncovered something that didn’t look right. Elena was referred to Children’s National Health System to meet with Mary Donofrio, MD, in the Fetal Heart Program who flagged a few potential heart issues and continued to monitor Xiomara throughout the remainder of the pregnancy.
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Children’s National Health System tests blood oxygen levels in newborns to detect congenital heart disease.
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.
A parent talks about her child's experience after being diagnosed with transposition of the great arteries.