State bill introduced to test newborns for heart defects
POSTED: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 8:43am
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 9:37am
AUSTIN, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — The American Heart Association says it is a simple test that can save lives, and a bill introduced at the State Capitol seeks to make sure the test is done on all Texas newborns. The test is called a pulse oximetry screening, and can help catch babies with birth defects of the heart before they leave the hospital.
A number of Texas hospitals and birthing centers already do the pulse oximetry screening as part of a newborn's regular testing and care, but the bill would have it performed on all newborns in the state.
Not a lot is known about the causes of most birth defects, but there are a number of ways that women can cut their risk. That includes avoiding alcohol and smoking and taking a multivitamin every day that contains the full recommended dose of folic acid.