Metropolitan Pain Consultants is proud to sponsor Hayden’s Heart 5th Annual 5K race. Hayden’s Heart is an annual 5k that raises congenital heart defect (CHD) awareness and helps families in their time of need. This year’s proceeds benefit Aylin Conil and Family of North Bergen.
The event is this Saturday, March 18, 2017 and is being held at Riverside County Park in Lyndhurst. Participants should show up at 9am to sign in and receive their free shirts. The actual race will begin at 11am with the first 100 finishers receiving medals. Additionally, there will be activities for children and a lunch and birthday celebration in memory of Hayden.
We will have a booth on site and would love for you to come by and say hello. We are offering a free raffle for all participants older than 18 years of age. The drawing is on March 24, 2017 and the winner will be awarded a free iPad Mini.
Unfortunately race registration is now closed, but you can still show support by coming out and rooting for the participants.
Congenital heart defect is present at birth. It begins as the baby’s heart is forming in the early stages of pregnancy. While not exactly common, it isn’t rare either. About 1 out of every 100 babies born each year in the United States will have some form of CHD. Of those with CHD, about 25% will have a critical heart defect and generally need surgery in their first year of life.
According to the Center For Disease Control and Prevention, the number one birth defect in the United States is a congenital heart defect. There are more occurrences of CHD at child birth than hearing loss, down syndrome, and spina bifida. There are currently more than 35 types of heart defects. Most heart defects can be corrected later on in life with the help of medicine, surgery, or medical devices.
Even with the prevalence of CHDs, the causes of most are unknown. Some babies experience heart defects because of changes in their genes or chromosomes, while others may be due to the mother’s diet, the mother’s health conditions, and certain medications the mother may be using during pregnancy.