American Heart Association

Clues but still no clear cause for rare heart disease in kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Hugh Ham was just 1 year old when he developed a rash and fever. Doctors thought he had strep throat.

Ten days later, he was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease, a rare heart disease in young children that causes inflammation in blood vessels throughout the body. It […]

Headaches far more common in kids than adults who have stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — Children are far more likely than adults to get headaches when having a stroke, a new study suggests.

The findings, presented Wednesday at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2017, showed that 6 percent of children under age 3 and 46 percent of […]

Kids with heart defects face learning challenges, inadequate school support

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Children born with heart defects face learning challenges and inadequate special education assistance in elementary school, according to a new study.

Using North Carolina education records, birth defect registries and birth certificates, researchers examined whether congenital heart defects were associated with low scores on standard reading […]

Children work to make an ICU waiting area more child-friendly

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

On their first day in the ICU waiting area at the Medical City McKinney in Texas, Adyn and Adysn Schachtel paid little attention to their surroundings.

That’s because the children were more concerned about their father Andrew, a regular exercising, egg white-eating 43-year-old who’d inexplicably suffered […]

Study uncovers more kidney failure decades after children’s heart transplants

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People who had heart transplants as children have an increasing risk of kidney failure over time, researchers found when they connected databases that separately tracked the two conditions in thousands of people.

The study findings showed kidney failure was more extensive than previously thought, said Swati […]

Cozy red hats keep babies’ heads warm, raise awareness of heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Gabe Foster loves to knit and do good deeds. That’s why the 10-year-old jumped at the chance to make red caps for newborns to help raise awareness about congenital heart disease.

Last year, the fifth-grader from Fairport, New York, only had time to make […]

Experts urge zero tolerance for secondhand cigarette smoke exposure in kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It is time for parents, pediatricians and policymakers to prevent children from breathing secondhand smoke, says a statement issued Monday by the American Heart Association.

Despite dramatic decreases in smoking rates in recent decades, secondhand smoke exposure is a prevailing health problem, said Geetha Raghuveer, M.D., […]

Conjoined twins defy death with surgery that separates their hearts

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When Jacquelyn Clark found out she was pregnant with twins, her joy turned quickly to despair. Scans showed the girls were conjoined at the heart and liver. Their chances of surviving were slim.

But on Wednesday, doctors at the University of Florida Health Shands Children’s Hospital […]

Folic acid fortified food linked to decrease in congenital heart defects

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Food fortified with folic acid was associated with reduced rates of congenital heart defects, in a new study.

After analyzing data from nearly 6 million Canadian births in 1990-2011, researchers found that folic acid food fortification was associated with an 11 percent reduction in rates of […]

For kids, ideal heart health explained in new statement

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The road to cardiovascular disease begins in childhood, and it’s a road many American children are on, based on a new report from the American Heart Association that indicates very few kids meet all the criteria for ideal heart health.

Many are overweight or obese. Others […]