Columbus, Nationwide Children's Hospital team up to fight congenital heart disease

Heart surgery (Nationwide Children's Hospital)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (10TV) -- Nationwide Children's Hospital is teaming up with the city of Columbus to raise awareness about congenital heart disease.

The week of February 7-14 has been declared Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week in Columbus.

"It offers a week for people to focus on CHD and learn more about this important disease,” said Dr. Catherine Krawczeski, Division Chief of Cardiology at The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

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Each year, one in 100 babies is born with a congenital heart defect and Nationwide Children's Hospital says it is one of the world's most common birth defects, affecting two million people.

“I think it goes a little unrecognized in the community," said Dr. Krawczeski. "People don't know how many people live with Congenital Heart Defects."

Doctors remain alert for heart concerns for not only babies, but adults as well. According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 630,000 Americans die from heart disease every year, the leading cause of death for both men and women.

There are ways people can help, such as offering cardiac drills at school or work. Those allow the public to learn how to use a defibrillator or how to administer CPR.

People can also consider joining heart-focused groups like Kinder Key.

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