The American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts program will distribute little red hats to 23 regional hospitals in New York and Connecticut for February/American Heart Month to help raise awareness for congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country. Every baby born at participating hospitals during February, an estimated 2,600 babies, will receive a little red hat.
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.