American Heart Association

Promising athlete to heart patient … back to promising athlete


DENTON, Texas – With a highlight-reel sliding catch, centerfielder Camden Thrailkill sealed Denton Guyer’s victory 8-7 over Lewisville.

In the stands, his parents could only marvel.

“You’d never have expected this,” said Rik, his dad. “Just to see him out there competing, and the joy on his […]

Pulse oximetry screening successes set stage for more work to save babies


Heart problems are the most common type of birth defect, and until very recently many life-threatening defects went undetected until babies were already home from the hospital.

Frantic parents sometimes noticed symptoms only after it was too late to save a baby’s life — or when […]

What are you eating? $75 million research study wants to know


NEW ORLEANS – One of the first studies in the $75 million research project seeking to wipe out coronary heart disease will target perhaps the most basic human experience: Eating.

While generations of scientists have studied how the food people eat changes their bodies, it’s never […]

Camp offers children with serious illness ‘The Joy of Yes’


Joshua Martin had to be pushed in a stroller and needed an oxygen tank when he came to America to join his adoptive family. But now the 12-year-old can run through activities at Camp Boggy Creek with the rest of the campers who, like him, […]

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 […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Miracle baby’ now helping save future generations of kids with heart problems

To the folks in Chamberlain, South Dakota, the little girl born on Aug. 2, 1957, seemed perfectly healthy.

Within months, her parents weren’t so sure.

Laurie Van Brunt wasn’t developing the way other babies did. She was more lethargic, moving less than the other tykes.

Relax, a family doctor said. Babies develop […]

Texas mandates newborn pulse ox screenings

Suzie Chase Brown’s family has had a long history of heart disease. The mother was diagnosed with congenital heart disease as a child. And in 2008, her daughter, Maggie Brown, was born with a congenital heart defect.

Ten months after Maggie, 5, had successful open-heart surgery to repair her heart […]

Study shows promise for heart surgery patients with Down syndrome

A large national study suggests that children with Down syndrome — the most common chromosomal disorder — do not face additional risks when undergoing heart surgery. In addition, the children may actually have a better chance of survival while hospitalized compared with other pediatric heart patients.

Researchers at the University […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Taking her symptoms seriously saved her life; luckily, it was ‘Just A Little Heart Attack’

There’s always something to talk about when longtime friends Carol Deckelbaum and Marnie Silbergeld make their daily 3-mile walk around Seattle’s Green Lake.
On a windy, drizzly day in March 2012, Carol told Marnie something was going on, but she couldn’t put her finger on it. She felt a little […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Grieving mom works to prevent parents from learning of a child’s heart problem from a coroner

February is an important month in the fight against heart disease. In addition to its federal designation as American Heart Month, additional emphasis is placed on the tiniest patient: those with Congenital Heart Defects (babies born with heart problems). Kristine Brite-McCormick is the mother of such a child, a […]