(KUTV) In 2011 there was a recommendation to screen all newborns for congenital heart defects.
Here in Utah, there is a pilot program underway for a screening program that would detect heart problems in newborns.
In a couple of years, all newborn babies will be screened for congenital heart defects shortly after they are born.The Department of Health and Human Services
passed a recommendation to screen all newborns for heart defects.
Doctor James Hoffman is a pediatric cardiologist at Utah valley regional medical center. He stresses the importance of screening all newborns shortly after birth.
One reason, he says, is because sometimes the symptoms of heart problems may mirror other problems.
The screening takes only a few minutes and it measures the oxygen saturation in the baby's blood. If the doctor sees abnormalities in the results, they can order more tests.
While congenital heart defects are rare, if they are diagnosed early, doctors can treat it before the defects cause bigger problems.
(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)