|Childhood Heart Conditions|
Newborn Screening for Heart Defects
A screening study to identify heart defects in newborns is being conducted at MultiCare’s Tacoma General Hospital, Women & Newborn Center.
This study, by the Mary Bridge Pediatric Heart Center, will evaluate if pulse oximetry should be used to detect congenital heart defects (CHDs) in newborns.
Pulse oximetry monitoring uses a light source and sensor to measure oxygen in the blood.
- A sensor is wrapped around the baby’s foot.
- Light passing through the foot measures the amount of oxygen in the blood.
- The test is quick (3-5 minutes), painless, and free of charge to parents. Pulse oximetry monitoring should detect most heart defects.
HEART DEFECT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Infant(up to age 1)
Parents should be alert to the following symptoms in infancy:
Some children with CHDs may not have any symptoms until later in childhood. Things to look for include:
Source: The Congenital Heart Information Networkwww.tchin.org