Twelve babies with heart defects are born every day in the UK, analysis from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has shown. Heart defects remain the most common health problem in newborn babies, the health charity said.
More needs to be done to battle heart defects at birth and prevent babies from dying young, a health charity has said.
The BHF has launched a campaign to raise awareness for the 70,000 children living in the UK with heart defects.
Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director at the BHF explained:
The fact 70,000 children are living with heart defects shows that heart disease is not just a problem for adults.
Our research is beginning to unravel how some of these defects occur. But there's still a long way to go. Families need our support in other ways too, to help them understand and come to terms with what's happening to their child.
– Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director at the BHF