Scottsdale newborns participate in Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign

Special to the Independent

Special to the Independent

Babies born at Abrazo Scottsdale Campus in February will receive little red hats to help the American Heart Association raise awareness about heart disease.

The little red hat is a simple reminder for parents to talk about the future health of their newborn babies and make sure that they and their loved ones are screened for cardiovascular diseases, according to a press release.

As part of the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign, volunteers crocheted and knitted red hats for newborns at Abrazo Scottsdale Campus.

Congenital Heart Disease is an abnormality in the heart’s structure in which a person is born with. At least eight of every 1,000 infants born each year have a heart defect, according to the American Heart Association.

There have been many advances in medicine and surgical techniques. Many babies that once died of congenital heart disease are now living healthy lives well into adulthood, the release stated. While these advances have been made, and many heart defects can be repaired, special attention to heart care is still needed as an adult, according to the American Heart Association.

Cardiovascular disease, or heart disease remains the number one killer of Americans. But heart disease can be prevented through education and healthy lifestyle choices.

Although heart disease is often thought of as a health problem for men, more women than men die of heart disease each year, the release stated.

An estimated 42 million American women live with cardiovascular disease, but many are unaware of the threat they face. One challenge is that heart disease symptoms in women can be different from symptoms in men. Women can take steps to understand their unique symptoms of heart disease and begin to reduce their risk.

“Years after the American Heart Association launched the Go Red For Women® movement, heart disease remains the leading killer of women – killing more women than all forms of cancer combined,” stated Cayci Oliver, executive director of the Greater Phoenix Division of the American Heart Association, in the release. “Most women don’t notice the symptoms of heart disease until it’s too late, which is why heart disease has been called the silent killer.”

During February’s American Heart Month, Abrazo has also established for Valley residents an online assessment tool to check their risk for heart disease, at: www.AbrazoHealthCheck.com/Heart.

For more information about heart disease, go to heart.org.

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