HEART FELT PLEA TO CHECK FOR EARLY SIGNS OF CHILDREN’S HEART CONDITIONS

April 30, 2014 4:34 PM

Mark Hunter MP is calling on parents across Cheadle constituency to check for warning signs of possible heart problems in babies and follow life-saving guidance from the UK's leading children's heart charity.

He is supporting 'Think HEART', a campaign by the Children's Heart Federation to increase the early diagnosis of children's heart conditions.

Think HEART provides parents with five easy signs to help to spot a heart problem:

Children's Heart Foundation Anne Keatley-Clarke

Mark Hunter MP with Anne Keatley-Clarke, Chief Executive of CHF

H - Heart Rate (Is their heart rate too fast or too slow. Normal rate is between 100 to 160 beats per minute)

E - Energy (Are they sleepy, quiet and too tired to feed)

A - Appearance (Is your baby a pale, waxy, dusky, blue or grey colour)

R - Respiration (Are they breathing too fast or too slow. Normal rate is between 40 to 60 breaths per minute)

T - Temperature (Are they cold to touch - particularly their hands and feet)

Mark is also backing the Children's Heart Federation's campaign for all babies to be tested for heart conditions at birth to help save lives.

Commenting, Mark said:

"Every year, around 5,000 babies are born with Congenital Heart Disease, however only a third are detected before birth, meaning babies with potentially lethal but treatable conditions leave hospital without being diagnosed. Delays in diagnosis cause distress, physical harm and can be life-risking.

"This is why I'm backing the Children's Heart Federation's campaign to get all babies tested for heart conditions at birth.

Anne Keatley-Clarke, Chief Executive of CHF said:

"We are grateful for Mark's support for increasing the early detection of heart conditions in babies. Having all babies tested at birth will help save lives and we hope our Think HEART campaign will help more parents across the Cheadle constituency spot the early signs of heart conditions so if needed, children can receive life-saving treatment early.

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