Indicator Profile of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
Why Is This Important?Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), is a heart condition that is present at birth, and often is called a congenital heart defect. HLHS is a group of related heart defects that, together, mean that the left side of the heart is underdeveloped.
There is no known cause for HLHS. The problem develops before birth when there is not enough growth of the left side of the heart. White babies seem to have higher rates of HLHS than babies of other races or ethnicities. Maternal multivitamin use before and during pregnancy appears to decrease the risk of HLHS.
Prevalence of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome in Children Born to NJ Resident Mothers, Statewide Rates, 2000-2008
Data SourcesBirth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health; Early Identification and Monitoring Program, Special Child Health and Early Intervention Services, Division of Family Health Services, New Jersey Department of Health;
DefinitionNumber of children born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome per 10,000 live births to women residing in New Jersey in a specified time interval.
How We Calculated the Rates
Page Content Updated On 07/31/13, Published on 08/05/13