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CLEVELAND- The Cleveland Clinic has launched a new program to help women suffering from heart problems have children.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, 1 of every 125 babies are born with some type of congenital heart defect. In the past, many of these children never lived past their teens, but thanks to improvements with cardiac care and surgery,  patients are now living long enough to have their own children.

The Clinic’s new program helps patients understand how to manage their health before and during pregnancy.

Dr.Jeff Chapa, with the Cleveland Clinic, told FOX 8 News, “It’s kind of like a one stop shop for the patient, they can be evaluated and they can both give their perspectives about her getting pregnant these are some of the most rewarding patients to take care of.”

The program also offers genetic counseling to determine any potential health risks for the baby.

Fox 8 wants to help keep your heart healthy. In honor of Heart Health month, renowned Cleveland Clinic heart surgeon Dr. Marc Gillinov, will be offering tips throughout the month on FOX 8 News in The Morning and New Day Cleveland at 10 a.m.

  • Feb 2nd – Know Your Numbers (FOX 8 News in The Morning 8 a.m.)
  • Feb 8th – Afib ( New Day Cleveland)
  • Week of Feb 14th – Congenital Heart Disease
  • Week of Feb 22nd – Valve Disorders