A CAMPAIGN to increase early diagnosis of children’s heart conditions is being backed by Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson.
Mrs Hodgson met parents of children affected by heart conditions in Parliament leading to her throwing her weight behind the Think HEART campaign, launched by the Children’s Heart Federation charity.
Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect, affecting 5,000 children in the UK each year.
Despite the seriousness of the condition, only about one third of cases are detected before birth and delays in detection can cause distress, physical harm and in the worst case, death.
The campaign aims to warn parents of the warning signs of a possible heart condition and give them the confidence to raise their concerns with their doctor or health professional.
Mrs Hodgson said: “The Think HEART campaign is an important cause, and I am delighted to be able to help in raising awareness of it.
“Increasing early detection and making sure that children with heart problems get the correct diagnosis much sooner will help save lives and reduce stress and suffering for children and their families.
“With the right support at the right time, children with heart defects can go on to lead full lives, but to get that support parents need to know when to ask for it.”
To get involved with the campaign visit www.chfed.org.uk/thinkheart.