Heart defects cause most hospital visits
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI)
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.