Babies at Baptist Hospital help celebrate National Wear Red Day - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Babies at hospital help celebrate National Wear Red Day

(WMC-TV) - It's National Wear Red Day, a time to recognize and promote heart health for women and children. And here in Memphis, Baptist Hospital's youngest patients joined in on the celebrations.

On Friday, the babies at Baptist wore wearing something very special to remind women and children the importance of heart health.

The heads of newborn babies adorned with red hats are a precious sight for parents, especially new moms.

The red hats serve as a reminder that heart disease, according to the National Heart Association, is the number one killer of women in the United States, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined.

"We deliver 5,000 babies a year so this is a great opportunity for us to pass the information to moms about heart disease.  Heart defects are the number one killer of babies," said Baptist Women's CEO Anita Vaughn.

Vaughn says all babies born now in Tennessee receive a pulse oximeter test, which is a simple, non-invasive way to make sure your newborn doesn't have a heart defect. 

"If they can find and can predict a problem for an older child now, it would be great to address it,"added new mom Jackie Sourek.

Sourek and her husband gave birth to her son Rory on Tuesday. Rory's heart checked out just fine thanks to the new test. Baptist Hospital says with the simple test, they are prepared to catch and treat heart problems in babies early on, possibly saving thousands of lives.

To find out more about heart disease and whether or not you're at risk, click here:

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