Bridgeport Hospital is partnering with the American Heart Association for the “Little Hats, Big Hearts” program during American Heart Month in February to help raise awareness of congenital heart defects (CHD), the most common type of birth defect in the country. Every baby born at Bridgeport Hospital during February, estimated to be nearly 200, will receive a little red hat. Parents also receive heart health information for their family.
Congenital heart defects are structural problems with the heart present at birth. They result when a mishap occurs during heart development soon after conception and often before the mother is aware that she is pregnant. Defects range in severity from simple problems, such as holes between chambers of the heart, to very severe malformations, such as complete absence of one or more chambers or valves.