American Heart Association

Fifth-grader jumping for dad’s memories one of nation’s top fundraisers

Reghan Haynes, a fifth-grader who devoted school fundraising efforts to her father after he died from heart disease late last summer, finished among the nation’s top fundraisers for the Jump Rope For Heart program.

Reghan, from Hays, Kan., raised a total of about $5,700, which is more than $5,000 more […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Like mother, like daughter – emotionally strong duo battle rare forms of heart disease

Keyota Cole was born with a hole in her heart and an abnormal valve. At 18 months old, she had her first open-heart surgery.

Keyota underwent a second heart surgery at age 5. Then as a teenager and young adult, she had additional procedures, including valve replacement surgery and the […]

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 […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Courageous Katherine’ thrives on helping fellow heart patients

In her 13 years, Katherine Schroeder has undergone 15 surgeries or other procedures on her heart. And she still faces a lifetime of medical interventions to keep her heart running.
Persevering is tough. Persevering with a good attitude is even tougher.

That’s why this eighth-grader from Canton, Ohio, is so remarkable.

Katherine […]

Environmental toxins linked to heart defects

Children’s congenital heart defects may be associated with their mothers’ exposure to specific mixtures of environmental toxins during pregnancy, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013.
Congenital heart defects occur when the heart or blood vessels near the heart don’t develop normally before birth. Defects may […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: While boy awaits transplant to beat incredibly rare condition, family accepts ‘new normal’

Rylan Karrer has to sit on the sidelines. He doesn’t have the energy to run, jump and play like other 10-year-old kids.

His heart can’t handle it.

Rylan is dealing with a one-in-a-million condition that prevents the chambers of his heart from filling with blood. The only solution is finding him […]

New research offers a formula to determine ‘normal’ heart size

New research has re-evaluated the “normal’ size of the heart, determining that standard measurements for heart size are outdated and don’t account for gender, age and body size.

Adjustments in the measurements are important because women and people of small build are at risk for delayed treatments since their enlarged […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: NFL PLAY 60 ‘Super Kid’ inspires others fighting heart defects

Before the most recent Super Bowl, 10-year-old Hunter Paulin kicked off the biggest event on America’s sports calendar by running to midfield at the Superdome and handing the official game ball to the referee.

The scene brought tears to the eyes of Hunter’s mother, Wendy, who’d often wondered if Hunter’s […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: It can be tough being a kid with a heart problem; author helps ease pain he felt with book aimed at others going through it

Samuel Ward III wants kids with heart conditions to know they’re not alone.

He knows how they feel because he was once one of them.

The author – who goes by Len, and by the pen name Len N. Wallace – was born with a hole between the walls of his heart.

Shortly […]

SimpleScience@Heart: The couch is no place for people with heart defects

If you or your child were born with a heart defect, don’t skip out on physical activities.

While some irregular heartbeat conditions may limit what you can do, most people with heart defects can do just about any physical activity. Just be sure to talk to your doctor about what […]