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Folic acid fortified food linked to decrease in congenital heart defects


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 […]

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 […]

Colten Romines’ heart is special in two ways — through a congenital defect and his philanthropy


Colten Romines has a special heart, and it’s not just because he was born with a complex congenital heart defect. The 11-year-old is passionate about raising money and awareness about heart disease, and he helped his school land at the top of fundraising among middle […]

A star is born in 8-year-old survivor


Twelve hours after Anabelle Provisor was born, a nurse’s assistant noticed she was having trouble nursing.

“She would latch on, but was soon sleepy and lethargic,” recalled Arlene Provisor, Anabelle’s mom.

A pulse oximetry reading – a diagnostic test mandated by most states for all newborns – […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: 9-year-old’s voice helps save his mom’s life


Saturday mornings at the Smithlin household in Puyallup, Washington, followed a comfortable routine: Kyra, an early riser, would go into her 9-year-old son Bryce’s room for some cuddle time while her husband, Tony, enjoyed a little extra sleep.

On Dec. 15, 2012, things were going along […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: At 11, she’s on her 4th pacemaker; and that’s only part of her story


Ty’Meisha Sloan is much like many 11-year-old girls.

She loves singing, dancing, playing softball and spending time with friends and family in Jacksonville, Florida.

“I’m pretty much going all day,” she said.

But Ty’Meisha has one important difference from her peers. She has a pacemaker.

She’s even unique among […]

Pregnancy left couple unprepared for twin son’s heart defect

As Shannon and Kendall Cogan prepared for the arrival of their twin boys, a congenital heart defect never entered into their minds.

Shannon’s pregnancy had gone well and the fraternal twins were scheduled for delivery by cesarean section at 38 weeks. But when Colt and Cade were born the morning of Dec. […]

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 […]

AHA, CHF join forces to help kids with heart defects

When Brycen Principe was born, his parents were overjoyed. But devastating news soon turned their excitement into shock, disbelief — and fear. Tiny Brycen had a heart defect.

“All I can remember thinking is ‘my baby is going to die,’” said his mom, Jessica.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Her tangle of heart problems were discovered in the womb; now 3, she’s thriving

At their 20-week ultrasound, Jamie and Cale Henderson were excited to learn they would be welcoming a baby girl.

The other news that day wasn’t as joyous.

Their unborn daughter had several problems with her heart. Doctors didn’t yet know the full extent of the condition.

“It was devastating,” Jamie said. “I […]