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Key Findings: Estimating the impact of newborn screening for critical congenital heart defects in the United States
In a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics, CDC researchers and partners found about 30% of newborns with a critical congenital heart defect (CCHD) were diagnosed more than three days after birth.
(Published: February 3, 2014)

Key Findings: Costs of Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Defects
Researchers investigated hospitals’ time and cost to screen newborns for critical congenital heart defects.
(Published: January 17, 2014)

Key Findings: Heart Defects
Researchers looked at when women receive their baby's heart defect diagnosis.
(Published: December 17, 2013)

Key Findings: How important is timely detection of Critical Congenital Heart Defects?
CDC researchers found that hospital costs for babies with CCHD may be lower if heart defects are detected before birth hospital discharge
(Published: September 4, 2013)

New Report: A Public Health Science Agenda for Congenital Heart Defects
Report from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Expert Meeting
(Published: August 28, 2013)

Heart Defects Study
Heart defects across the lifespan.
(Published: February 10, 2014)

Living with a Heart Defect: One Family's Story
Congenital heart defects affect nearly 1% of infants born in the US. Learn about one family's story.
(Published: February 6, 2012)

Pulse Oximetry Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Defects
What are critical congenital heart defects?
(Published: January 23, 2012)

Five Facts about Congenital Heart Defects
Congenital heart defects are the most common types of birth defects. They affect nearly 40,000 infants born in the US each year.
(Published: January 10, 2012)

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Articles of Interest

CDC and its partners conduct important research on congenital heart defects (CHDs). Listed below are a list of articles and key findings that might be of interest. Click on the links to learn more about each study.

*Articles are listed in order of date published.

Late detection of critical congenital heart disease among US infants: estimation of the potential impact of proposed universal screening
JAMA Pediatrics. 2013. [epub ahead of date]
Peterson C and Ailes E, Riehle-Colarusso T, Oster ME, Olney RS, Cassell CS, Fixler DE, Carmichael SL, Shaw GM, Gilboa SM and the National Birth Defects Prevention Study.
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Costs of hospital newborn screening in New Jersey to detect critical congenital heart disease
Public Health Reports. 2013 [epub ahead of date]
Peterson C, Grosse SD, Glidewell J, Garg LF, Van Naarden Braun K, Knapp MM, Beres LM, Hinton CF, Olney RS, Cassell CH.
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Prenatal diagnosis of non-syndromic congenital heart defects
Prenatal Diagnosis. 2013 [epub ahead of print]
Ailes EC, Gilboa SM, Riehle-Colarusso T, Johnson CY, Hobbs CA, Correa A, Honein MA, National Birth Defects Prevention Study.
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Hospitalizations, costs, and mortality among infants with critical congenital heart disease: how important is timely detection?
Birth Defects Res Part A Clin Mol Teratol 2013 [epub ahead of date]
Peterson C, Dawson A, Grosse SD, Riehle-Colarusso T, Olney RS, Tanner JP, Kirby RS, Correia JA, Watkins SM, Cassell CH. 
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A public health science agenda for congenital heart defects: report from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expert meeting
Journal of the American Heart Association. 2013; 2: e000256
Oster ME, Riehle-Colarusso T, Simeone R, Gurvitz M, Kaltman JR, McConnell M, Rosenthal GL, Honein MA.
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Factors Associated with Late Detection of Critical Congenital Heart Disease in Newborns
Pediatrics. 2013;132(3):e604-11.
Dawson AL, Cassell CH, Riehle-Colarusso T, Grosse SD, Tanner JP, Kirby RS, Watkins SM, Correia JA, Olney RS.
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Cost-effectiveness of routine screening for critical congenital heart disease in US newborns.
Pediatrics. 2013; doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-0332.
Peterson C, Grosse SD, Oster ME, Olney RS, Cassell CH.
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Results From the New Jersey Statewide Critical Congenital Heart Defects Screening Program
Pediatrics. 2013;132(2):e314-23
Garg LF, Van Naarden Braun K, Knapp MM, Knapp TM, Koppel RI, Hirsch D, Beres LM, Sweatlock J, Olney RS, Glidewell J, Hinton CF, Kemper AR.
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Temporal Trends in Survival Among Infants with Critical Congenital Heart Defects
Pediatrics. 2013;131:e1502–e1508.
Oster ME, Lee KA, Honein MA, Colarusso T, Shin M, Correa A.
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Rapid Implementation of Statewide Mandate for Pulse Oximetry Newborn Screening to Detect Critical Congenital Heart Defects—New Jersey, 2011
MMWR 2013; 62:292-294.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Assessment of Current Practices and Feasibility of Routine Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Defects - Georgia, 2012
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2013;62(15):288-91.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Selected Birth Defects Data from Population-based Birth Defects Surveillance Programs in the United States, 2005-2009: Featuring Critical Congenital Heart Defects Targeted for Pulse Oximetry Screening
Birth Defects Research Part A: Clinical and Molecular Teratology. 2012;94: 970-983.
Mai CT, Riehle-Colarusso T, O’Halloran A, Cragan JD, Olney RS, Lin A, Feldkamp M, Botto LD, Rickard R, Anderka M, Ethen M, Stanton C, Erhardt J, Canfield M, for the National Birth Defects Prevention Network.
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Letter to the Editor: Newborn screening for critical congenital heart disease: essential public health roles for birth defects monitoring programs.
Birth Defects Research Part A: Clinical and Molecular Teratology. 2012;94: 965-969.
Olney RS, Botto LD.
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Newborn Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease: Potential Roles of Birth Defects Surveillance Programs—United States, 2010-2011
MMWR 2012; 61: 849-853.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Maternal occupational exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and congenital heart defects among offspring in the national birth defects prevention study.
Birth Defects Research Part A: Clinical and Molecular Teratology. 2012 Nov;94(11):875-881.
Lupo PJ, Symanski E, Langlois PH, Lawson CC, Malik S, Gilboa SM, Lee LJ, Agopian AJ, Desrosiers TA, Waters MA, Romitti PA, Correa A, Shaw GM, Mitchell LE; National Birth Defects Prevention Study.
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Maternal occupational exposure to organic solvents and congenital heart defects: results from the national birth defects prevention study, 1997-2002.
Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2012;69(9):628-635.
Gilboa SM, Correa A, Desrosiers T, Lupo P, Lawson C, Riehle-Colarusso T, Stewart P, van Wijngaarden E.
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Congenital Heart Defects and Major Structural Noncardiac Anomalies, Atlanta, Georgia, 1968 to 2005
J Pediatr. 2011;159(1):70-78.
Miller A, Riehle-Colarusso T, Alverson CJ, Frías JL, Correa A.
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Associations Between Maternal Fever and Influenza and Congenital Heart Defects
J Pediatr. 2011;158(6):990-5.
Oster ME, Riehle-Colarusso T, Alverson CJ, & Correa A.
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Descriptive study of nonsyndromic atrioventricular septal defects in the National Birth Defects Prevention Study, 1997-2005.
Am J Med Genet A. 2011;155A(3):555-64.
Hartman RJ, Riehle-Colarusso T, Lin A, Frias JL, Patel SS, Duwe K, Correa A, Rasmussen SA, and the National Birth Defects Prevention Study.
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Maternal Smoking and Congenital Heart Defects in the Baltimore-Washington Infant Study
Pediatrics. 2011;127(3):e647-53.
Alverson CJ, Strickland MJ, Gilboa SM, & Correa A.
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Letter to the Editor: Ventricular septal defects and the National Birth Defects Prevention Study
Birth Defects Res Part A Clin Mol Teratol. 2011;91(1):66.
Rasmussen SA, Riehle-Colarusso T, Shapira SK, Honein MA, Reefhuis J, and the National Birth Defects Prevention Study.

Mortality Resulting From Congenital Heart Disease Among Children and Adults in the United States, 1999-2006.
Circulation. 2010 Nov 30;122(22):2254-63.
Gilboa SM, Salemi JL, Nembhard WN, Fixler DE, and Correa A.
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Racial Differences by Gestational Age in Neonatal Deaths Attributable to Congenital Heart Defects — United States, 2003–2006
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). 2010;59(37):1208-1211
CDC
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Maternal use of bupropion and risk for congenital heart defects
Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2010; 203(1):52.e1-6.
Alwan S, Reefhuis J, Botto LD, Rasmussen SA, Correa A, Friedman JM, and the National Birth Defects Prevention Study.
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Long-term survival of infants with atrioventricular septal defects.
J Pediatr. 2010;156(6):994-1000.
Miller A, Siffel C, Lu C, Riehle-Colarusso T, Frías JL, Correa A.
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Epidemiological Studies of Congenital Heart Defects: Challenges and Opportunities
Congenital Heart Defects: From Origin to Treatment. Edited by Wyszynski DF, Graham TP, Correa-Villasenor A. Oxford University Press, New York, 2010, p. 401-414.
Honein MA, Rasmussen SA.

Health Care Costs of Congenital Heart Defects
Congenital Heart Defects: From Origin to Treatment. Edited by Wyszynski DF, Graham TP, Correa-Villasenor A. Oxford University Press, New York, 2010, p. 493-501.
Boulet SL, Grosse SD, Riehle-Colarusso T, Correa-Villasenor A.

Association Between Prepregnancy Body Mass Index and Congenital Heart Defects
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology; January 2010; 202(1):51.e1-51.e10.
Gilboa SM, et al.
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