National Heart Month

National Heart Month

February is recognized as National Heart Month. The American Heart Association has used February as National Heart Month since 1964. On average in 2014 someone died from cardiovascular disease every 40 seconds, according to Check out the American Heart Association’s website for more facts and important dates ( ).

This week’s blog my goal is to raise awareness about congenital heart defects. Congenital heart defects are complications of the heart that occur at birth. The heart defects are due to structural problems due to abnormal formation of the heart or major blood vessels. According to the American Heart Association, if your child is diagnosed with a heart defect, the chances are better than ever that the problem can be overcome and that a normal adult life will follow. Below are 3 of the most common congenital heart defects.

  1. Patent Ductus Arteriosis
  1. Tetralogy of Fallot
  1. Atrial Septal Defects

For more information on congenital heart defects and other cardiovascular conditions of childhood check out the American Heart Association’s website here


-Matthew D’Antonio, PT, DPT

Pediatric Physical Therapist

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