American Heart Association

Parents of kids with heart defects at risk for PTSD, other mental health issues


Parents of children with critical congenital heart defects are at high risk for mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression, according to a new study.

Researchers who reviewed published data from 10 countries found that up to 30 percent of parents of […]

Increasing number of U.S. adults living with congenital heart defects


More adults are living with congenital heart defects in the United States — creating the need for more health services and tracking systems to collect data for all ages, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

In the first contemporary assessment of […]

Study looks at heart, lungs, abdomen issues and Zika virus


A stillborn baby delivered to a Brazilian woman infected with Zika may indicate the virus causes a wider range of birth defects than originally believed.

The fetus showed a severe buildup of fluid throughout its body, a condition called hydrops fetalis. It also had a near-complete […]

Fighting for the youngest heart disease patients

Congenital heart defects are the No. 1 birth defect in the United States and the leading killer of infants with birth defects, tragic facts that the American Heart Association is working to combat on many fronts.

These defects are heart problems that are present at birth, including holes in the […]

Study links some heart birth defects to increased heart infection risk

A new American Heart Association study published Monday has found that children under age three who have had certain heart birth defects or heart surgery in the past six months may have an increased risk of heart infection.

Canadian researchers looked at data on 47,518 children with heart defects between 1988 […]