Red caps being given out to newborns for heart health

Red caps being given out to newborns for heart health Photo: American Heart Association.

February 12, 2018 03:56 PM

Newborns at local hospitals are being given little red hearts as part of a program for Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week.

The "Little Hats, Big Hearts" program is running through February at Rochester General Hospital, Unity, Newark-Wayne, Strong Memorial and Thompson Hospitals. As part of the program, hundreds of red knit or crocheted hats and important heart health information from the American Heart Association will be given to parents with newborns.

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The program is being run because February is American Heart Month. Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week runs from February 7 until February 14. The red hats are meant to remind everyone that heart disease is the number one killer of all Americans, and that congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect in the country.

The program began in Chicago in 2014 and now has spread to around 660 hospitals in 40 states. 


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