February 7-14, 2015: Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

Did you know that about two million people live with a congenital heart defect (CHD) in the United States?  Many people with a CHD need lifelong care from a congenital heart specialist doctor, even if their CHD has been repaired.  As technology advances, more people born with a CHD are living longer lives.  For this year’s CHD Awareness Week, CDC focuses on lifelong care of CHDs for children and adults.  CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) has a number of activities planned during CHD Awareness Week to bring attention to these conditions and those affected by them:

  • Weekly Twitter messages.  We are tweeting from https://twitter.com/CDC_NCBDDD. We invite you to comment, re-post, re-tweet and follow @CDC_NCBDDD!  We will also be using #CHDCare4Life in our CHD Awareness Week tweets throughout February 7-14.
  • On February 9th, look for a special CDC Feature about CHDs across the lifespan including the inspiring story of William, an adult living with a severe heart defect, available on cdc.gov/features
  • CDC Podcasts.  We have developed short podcasts about how moms can reduce their risk of CHDs:
    • Healthy Little Hearts (A Minute of Health with CDC) (English) [00:00:59 minutes]
    • Healthy Little Hearts (A Cup of Health with CDC) (English) [00:07:22 minutes]

We encourage you to share these links with your colleagues and friends.  Feel free to post them on your own home page as well. Please join NCBDDD during February 7-14 to spread the word about congenital heart defects and to see what NCBDDD is doing to help people with these conditions. Thanks for your continued support and dedication to improving the lives of families and children affected by CHDs!

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