Narayana Health City in Bengaluru – one of India’s most preferred centre for referral and treatment of children born with congenital heart defects today launched a nation-wide awareness campaign to observe ‘Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week’. This is aimed at not only creating awareness among the general populace but also among the referring physicians. Most of the congenital heart defects can be detected within 6 months after birth. Usually there is a collaboration of symptoms for children with heart disease such as the child is not feeding well, has frequent breathlessness on little exertion or has a trace of blue skin (called as blue baby syndrome) and not gaining weight . A combination of such symptoms shows up from birth up to the age of 6 months when most of the congenital heart defects can be detected. The Paediatric Cardiac team at Narayana Health City feels that detection rate in Karnataka is very good as awareness is more and there are better facilities to treat such cases, whereas people coming from other parts of the country tend to come a bit late – the reason being lack of awareness and not many paediatric surgical centres of this magnitude such as …
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