Lawmaker advocates new heart screening test for newborns

5:11 PM, Feb 12, 2013   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - For every 100 babies born in Minnesota, one has a congenital heart defect, but that is one baby too many for Rep. Nick Zerwas, of Elk River, who points out there is a simple test to determine heart defects in newborns.

Zerwas, along with state Rep. Patti Fritz, D-Faribault, is  introducing a bill that would add a Pulse Oximetry test to the panel of mandatory newborn screenings. The test measures the amount of oxgen in a newborn's blood.

Nick Zerwas joined KARE 11 News @ 4 to talk about the process. 

This topic hits close to State Representative Nick Zerwa's heart. He was born with a heart defect, a three-chambered heart, and has had numerous surgeries to correct it.

He says the test is simple, inexpensive and most importantly, can save lives.

For more information, visit the American Heart Association-Minnesota website.


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