AUSTIN, Texas - February is American Heart Month, and hospitals across the country want to raise awareness for heart disease that affects the youngest patients.
The Little Hats Big Hearts program provides little red hats for all babies born in February to raise awareness for congenital heart conditions.
St. David's North Austin Medical Center was one of the first hospitals in Texas to start screening every newborn baby for heart disease and before it was required by a statewide mandate.
"Some babies may not have visible symptoms or heart murmurs that show up. So through this screening, we're able to detect these babies that have a critical type of congenital heart defect much earlier," said pedestrian Dr. Vy Ngo.
Experts say congenital heart disease affects about one percent of all babies born today.
All of the red hats were knitted by community volunteers.