MP urges parents Think Heart and watch for warning signs

26 April, 2013 No Comments

MP Julian Huppert has backed a campaign to increase early diagnosis of children’s heart conditions and has urged parents across Cambridge to watch for warning signs. 

Julian is supporting Think HEART run by the Children’s Heart Federation which provides five easy signs to help detect a heart problem. 

H – Heart rate – is the heart rate too fast or too slow. Normal rate is between 100 and 160 beats a minute. 

E – Energy – is the child sleepy, quiet and too tired to feed?

A – Appearance – is the baby’s colour pale, waxy, dusky, blue or grey? 

R – Respiration – is the child breathing too fast or too slow? Normal rate is between 40 to 60 breaths a minute. 

T – Temperature – is the child cold to touch, particularly hands and feet. 

Julian said: “Most parents trust their own instincts when their child is unwell and knowing which particular signs to look for in detecting a heart condition can prevent a delayed diagnosis. Early diagnosis can prevent uncertainty, distress, physical harm and even save a life so it’s very important to know the signs.” 

Anne Keatley-Clarke, Chief Executive of CHF says: “We are grateful for Julian’s support for our campaign. 

“We hope his encouragement alerts parents to the importance of checking the health of their children’s heart condition and it gives them the confidence to raise the issue with their doctor or health professional.” 

To get involved with the Think HEART campaign visit www.chfed.org.uk/thinkheart 

Julian is pictured with CHF parent volunteer, Alex Smith who has a daughter with a congenital heart condition.

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