The Heart of the Matter Nominated for Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award

The Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences nominated The Heart of the Matter, a one-hour documentary on congenital heart disease, for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Achievement for Documentary Programs - Topical.

Hosted by Golden Globe nominated actor Chris O'Donnell of Winnetka, IL and television's hit show, NCIS-Los Angeles, The Heart of the Matter focuses on all aspects of congenital heart disease from infancy through adulthood.

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Sponsored by The Children's Heart Foundation, Northwestern University Dance Marathon - 2011 and the American College of Cardiology, The Heart of the Matter is considered by experts to be the most comprehensive program to date to provide the public with a first-hand look at the world's #1 birth defect - congenital heart defects.

Ted Kay of TMK Productions- Northfield, IL and Elisa Sweet of Reel Sweet Productions- Chicago produced the documentary. Executive Producer is Betsy Peterson of Chicago.

The program aired on PBS stations.

The Heart of the Matter is a powerful video resource examining the #1 birth defect in the world- congenital heart defects (CHD).

  • Explores all aspects of the disease from the development of the heart in utero through adulthood.
  • Asks the question: "What is America's #1 birth defect?" by conducting random, man-about-town interviews. It is clear from these interviews that the general population has no idea that congenital heart defects are the #1 birth defect.

Begs the additional questions:

  • "Why don't people know CHD's are the #1 birth defect?"
  • "What is being done to find the causes, improve detection, treatment and someday finding cures for this disease?"
  • Provides a strong message of hope and reassurance that help is available.

In the one-hour documentary, you will hear from leading experts in the field as well as from patients and their families living with this disease. Thanks to research and new technology, there are now more adults living with congenital heart disease than there are children being born with them.

Although the survival rate has increased dramatically over the last 60 years, the incidence rate has not- Every 15 minutes a child is born with a CHD.