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Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defects in the United States affecting approximately 40 thousands births every year.
Mayo Clinic pediatric cardiologist, Patrick O’Leary, M.D. and Timothy Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, discuss potential new therapies in congenital heart disease and how they may lead to new therapies that can prolong the functional status of patients born with abnormal hearts.
Dr. Christopher Snyder of Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland says congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defects. In fact, the American Heart Association reports about eight out of every 1,000 infants in the U.S. are born with a heart defect each year.