At least 8 of every 1,000 infants born a year have a heart defect. In fact, heart defects are the most common form of birth defect.
In the US , about 32,000 children are born with a heart defect each year.
At least 10% of all heart defects are not found until adulthood.
The average American consumes between 6 to 18 grams of salt daily. Your body needs only 0.5 grams (500 mg) of salt daily.
What to look for on labels when checking for sodium content: salt, sodium chloride, monosodium glutamate, MSG, baking soda, sodium bicarbonate, baking powder, disodium phosphate, sodium alginate, sodium benzoate, sodium hydroxide, sodium nitrite, sodium propionate, sodium sulfite.
Dental treatment raises special concerns if your child has heart disease.
Antibiotics may be necessary prior to some dental procedures. Contact your child's dentist and/or cardiologist for more information.
There are two ways to prevent infection from oral bacteremia: 1) Brush your child's teeth daily to remove plaque. 2) Make sure your child has regular dental visits.