During Heart Month, the public will hear a lot about how to keep our hearts healthy and prevent heart disease.
While important, I want to shed light on the 2 million to 3 million people in the United States who live with congenital heart disease. It may come as a surprise that CHD is the most prevalent birth defect throughout the nation, and I have one of them.
I was born with tetralogy of Fallot. To date, I have had five open-heart surgeries that have extended and improved the quality of my life, but I am not cured and never will be. As I age, my heart will require care from doctors who specialize in treating adults with CHD.