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New Guidelines For Diagnosing CHD Could Be the Difference Between Life and Death

“The American Heart Association released new guidelines to help doctors to diagnose congenital heart disease earlier in the pregnancy, and treat infants more effectively,” according to an article in The Washington Post. For women who are at risk of having a child with congenital heart disease, the guidelines suggest they “should be screened using advanced technologies like fetal echocardiography, according to the report, which can provide better detail of the fetus at an earlier stage in the pregnancy.” While the advanced testing can be expensive, “the guidelines could give insurance companies the information they need to conclude that early, aggressive screenings could save lives and money in the long term.”

Read it in The Washington Post.