Dr. Annette Ansong: Adult Heart Health Begins with Childhood Heart Health

Pediatric cardiologist Dr. Annette Ansong elucidates the dire consequences of obesity for Black mothers and their children. "We must recognize that adult cardiovascular health begins with pediatric cardiovascular health," she says. And with 60% of pregnancy-related deaths being preventable, there are steps we can take with our children to reverse this appalling statistic.

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Annette Ansong, MD, is Co-Chair of the Women and Children's Committee for the Association of Black Cardiologists. She is also a Pediatric Cardiologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C.