Congenital heart disease later diagnosed in Latino infants: study

Infants born to Latino, low-income or limited English-speaking parents are more likely to be diagnosed later with congenital heart disease than white infants – or not to have a prenatal diagnosis at all, according to a new study.

Congenital heart defects, which are structural abnormalities of the heart, are the most common type of birth defect. The results were published in the Journal of Pediatric Cardiology.

Experts say findings add urgency to better care for babies born to parents whose preferred language is not English, Latino and low-income families as part of America’s fight against structural racism in health care.

Although fetal interventions are limited, early prenatal diagnosis helps parents plan and make decisions about pregnancy, said co-author Dr. Alicia Chaves, pediatric cardiologist at the University of Maryland Medical System. It also allows clinicians to pre-plan important treatments soon after birth.

USA Today

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