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Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) accounts for more than 25%  of infant deaths that are caused by birth defects.

Oximetry screening is a low-cost, highly-effective, and painless bedside test for newborns that can be completed in as little as 45 seconds.

Congenital heart disease screening for infants

The screening is administered using a pulse oximeter device, which is a light that shines through the skin to measure the percentage of oxygen in the blood.

All parents should ask for a pulse oximetry screening to be administered on all newborns.



Unknown cause:

the exact cause of most heart defects is still unknown. Although the reason defects occur is presumed to be genetic, only a few genes have been discovered that have been linked to the presence of heart defects. So they’re likely due to a combination of multiple genetic and environmental factors.

Genetic syndrome:

Some people with congenital heart defects have a specific genetic condition that can include other health problems. They may or may not know that they have such a condition. The chance for their child to also have this condition can be as high as 50%.

Single gene:

Rarely, congenital heart defects are caused by changes in a single gene. Often when this is the case more than one person in the family has a heart defect. The chance for another family member to have a heart defect can be as high as 50%.

Environmental exposure:

Heart defects can also be caused by something your mother was exposed to in her pregnancy, such as an infection or a drug. In this case, the chance that your children will have heart defects is no higher than that of the average person.

Please consult your cardiologist to know more about your condition.

consult your cardiologist to know more about your condition.


A congenital heart defect is a problem with the structure of the heart. It is present at birth. Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect. The defects can involve the walls of the heart, the valves of the heart, and the arteries and veins near the heart.

Congenital Heart Defects
Congenital Heart Defects

millions of people alive today have some form of congenital heart defect, children are born with a heart defect each year.

Congenital Heart Defects
Congenital Heart Defects


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