Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A New CHD Fact

Heart defects cause most hospital visits

Atrial septal defects and other heart conditions account for one-third of hospital admissions for birth defects, according to a new study.

The heart condition, which is a hole between the two smaller chambers of the heart, accounted for 139,100 hospital admissions, the most of any birth defect, said a study released Wednesday by Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Digestive problems like pyloric stenosis, a narrowing of the stomach that causes vomiting, were the second-leading category of birth defects, accounting for nearly 29,000 admissions, or about 19 percent of all birth-defect cases.

The remaining 48 percent of birth defects included nervous-system conditions, skull and facial-bone defects, and spinal deformities.

Hospitals spent $2.6 billion treating birth defects. Half the cost was for heart and circulatory congenital problems.

1 comment:

Nancy said...

I've heard that ASD and VSD are the most common CHDs. I wonder if the is reason the number of hospitalizations for ASD excedes all others?

The number of hospitalizations for all CHDs is astounding! Jessica and Matt have helped get that number up there, haven't they? ;-)