Little Hats, Big Hearts raises awareness for congenital heart defects

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Tennova Healthcare is hosting the American Heart Association's LIttle Hats, Big Hearts campaign. 

The campaign works to bring awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects. Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect in the country. 

"Little Hats, Big Hearts brings attention to congenital heart defects - a condition that affects about 40,000 babies born in the U.S. each year, in addition to American Heart Month," says Dr. Leonard Brabson. "We're proud to be part of this program as it brings together the community to rally around those families affected by CHD as well as to raise awareness of the number 1 killer of all Americans, Cardiovascular Diseases." 

During the month of February, which is American Heart Month, area hospitals will be giving newborns red knitted hats for awareness. 

One parent spoke with WATE 6 On Your Side. "We're fortunate to have a healthy baby boy," said Cory Dickson. "So anything we can do to promote awareness for others that are struggling with a heart condition or aren't as lucky or as healthy as ours. We're certainly willing to help out and promote any cause we can." 


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