Red roses, cards, teddy bears, and chocolate are just a few gifts you may give to someone you love this month. Give yourself an even greater gift of awareness and knowledge of heart disease and how you can lower your risk for the disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2006 were women.1
My name is Steven Larson and I was born with congenital heart defects. I am 11 years old and in the 5th grade. I was full-term when I was born, but I was born with two heart defects. The first one was a defect called total anomalous pulmonary venous return. They told my parents that my blood wasn't oxygenating my body, so I would need open heart surgery to correct the problem.