Baton Rouge CHD survivor shares her story, encourages others to join the fight toward heart health

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) 13-year-old Julianne Caperton was diagnosed with a Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) when she was born. She underwent three surgeries and is now sharing her story in hopes of inspiring others in the fight toward heart health.

February is American Heart Month, with February 7-14 raising awareness for CHD. According to the American Heart Association, CHD is a structural problem with the heart that is present at birth. Such defects result when a mishap occurs during heart development soon after conception- often before the mother is aware that she is pregnant.

More than 1.3 million Americans have some form of CHD, according to the American Heart Association, affecting around 8 babies out of every 1,000 births. Because of advancements made in research and medical technology, more infants with CHD survive to adulthood.

The American Heart Association of Louisiana has resources for families with children diagnosed with CHD. This year’s Heart Walk will be held virtually due to the pandemic. It’s scheduled for April 10. For more information, click here.

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