Cardiovascular disease – which includes coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure and high blood pressure – affects more than 600 million people around the world. For children, congenital heart defects (CHDs) affect about 40,000 babies born each year in the U.S., with some requiring multiple open-heart surgeries or even a heart transplant.
This Heart Month, we celebrate our heart patients and their inspiring journeys to recovery, and join them in thanking our multidisciplinary, cardiovascular team members who helped them heal.
“I think about all the nurses and doctors and surgeons,” says Brian Cotter, father of two toddlers who received heart transplants at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. “This isn’t an accident, this isn’t luck. This is really good people.”