Though heart disease is often perceived as an adult condition, CHD exacts an enormous toll on children. Each year, CHD kills 1,600 infants before their first birthdays, making it the No. 1 killer of children born with birth defects. The good news is that advances in medical research, technology and treatment mean that today most patients live to adulthood however, these adult survivors face an entirely new set of challenges.
Dr. Gerard Martin, Pediatric Cardiologist and Senior Vice President at National Children’s Medical Center, joined two You’re the Cure advocates, Jodi Lemacks, a caregiver to her son Joshua, and Lauren Gray, an adult CHD survivor, to discuss the unique challenges of living with congenital heart disease and the need for changes to address these challenges.
Tags: Congenital Heart Disease