Raising awareness for congenital heart defects


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – American Heart Association and CompuNet are sending tiny red hats for newborns to raise awareness for congenital heart defects.

In the Miami valley there are 8 out of every 1,000 newborns that are affected by congenital heart defects and in the United States over 35,000 newborns are impacted.

“Little hats, big hearts” encourages families to raise their children in a home that strives for heart-healty lifestyle.

“Our hope for this program is just to bring awareness and knowledge of heart disease and heart defects and that heart defects are the number one defect in infants. So just helping the moms more aware and the community to become more aware,” Kim Doherty, Heath Walk Director says.

The initiative started in 2014. More than 600 babies born in February at Premier Hospitals are receiving the red caps in honor of national heart month.Keep checking WDTN.com for the latest news. To get alerts for breaking news, grab the FREE WDTN News App for iPhone or Android. You can also sign up for email alerts here.Don’t miss another Facebook post or on Twitter for all the latest breaking news

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