Monday, February 14, 2005

The apple doesn't fall far...

CHD Awareness Day

Congenital heart defects kill twice as many children each year as all childhood cancers combined. 4,109 Americans died from cardiovascular defects in 2001. At least 35 types of cardiovascular defects are recognized, with many additional anatomic variations. About 1,000,000 Americans with cardiovascular defects are alive today.

American Heart Association's fact sheet on CHD.

My sister has tetralogy of Fallot. She's had four open heart surgeries, the first in 1972.

My daughter has a tunnel from her left ventricle into the aorta, a bicuspid aortic valve, and aortic stenosis. She's had one open heart surgery so far at 18 weeks of age.

I have an acquired heart disease called cardiomyopathy. Then again, could it be congenital?

Families affected by CHDs are holding awareness events in many states today. A partial list of events here.

Jumping on the silicone bracelet bandwagon...get your CHD bracelet here.


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