In recognition of American Heart Month and for National Wear Red Day, The Heart Institute at Advocate Christ Medical Center and Advocate Children’s Hospital will distribute red crocheted hats to all babies born in February to help raise awareness about heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country.
“This is an exciting time because of the countless advancements we are seeing to prevent heart disease,” says Dr. Maitrayee S. Vadali, a cardiologist with the Advocate Heart Institute at Christ Medical Center. “I’m hopeful that we will continue to see new preventive measures and innovations in the future as awareness and research grows.”
This is the fifth consecutive year that Advocate and the American Heart Association (AHA) have worked together to help make a difference for babies with heart defects, which affect more than 40,000 newborns each year, according to the AHA.
“So many lives are impacted by heart defects. We are thrilled to be a part of the “Little Hats, Big Hearts” campaign again so that we can help to spread awareness in our community,” says Laura Waszak, Manager of Clinical Operations at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn.
The AHA is distributing 6,000 hats in Chicagoland for the “Little Hats, Big Hearts” campaign, 2,000 of which will go to newborns across the Advocate Health Care system.
As a national leader in heart care, the Advocate Heart Institute provides more experience which leads to better outcomes. Advocate Children’s Heart Institute specializes in pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, which offers a complete continuum of care from fetus to adulthood. For more information, please visit advocateheartinstitute.com.
Advocate Heart Institute is Illinois’ most comprehensive cardiac care program, providing state-of-the-art treatment for adults and children. Advocate Heart Institute operates more than 100 convenient locations with more than 350 cardiovascular specialists who perform more than 20,000 heart procedures each year—more than any other hospital in Chicago. Advocate Heart Institute also trains future cardiologists at its three teaching hospitals. Eight Advocate hospitals are recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Associations’ Get With the Guidelines® program for high quality care and improved outcomes in the areas of heart failure, stroke and resuscitation. Advocate Children’s Heart Institute is also one of the largest programs in the Midwest and is nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Top 50 Pediatric Cardiology Programs in the country. For the third consecutive year, Advocate Children’s Heart Institute has earned the Society of Thoracic Surgeons highest national quality three-star rating for its pediatric cardiovascular surgery program.