American Heart Association

St. Louis restaurant honors sons lost to congenital heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A shared loss cemented a friendship and began a business partnership for Mark Hinkle and Greg Ortyl, the owners of St. Louis-area Olive + Oak. The restaurant pays tribute to their late sons, Oliver and Oakes, and raises awareness and funds for congenital heart defects.

Hinkle […]

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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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, […]

Grieving mother starts nonprofit to fund research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

After her son died at age 8 of complications from congenital heart defects, Betsy Peterson poured her grief into raising awareness and funding research, creating a national nonprofit to help other families.

Peterson learned her son, Sam, had multiple congenital heart defects shortly after he was […]

Newborns don tiny red caps to raise awareness of heart defects

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For thousands of newborns, it’s their first time to “go red,” sporting hand-knit red caps delivered to parents at hospitals nationwide.

The tiny accessories are part of the Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign launched by the American Heart Association in 2014 to raise awareness about congenital […]

Coping with heart defect leads to work helping other patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Adam Verigan was 5 days old when his pediatrician detected a heart murmur. More medical exams led to startling news for his parents: He had been born with a heart defect.

Known as Tetralogy of Fallot, the congenital defect involved four specific problems with his heart. […]

Grants announced for heart defect research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Two leading health organizations have doled out almost $800,000 to fund seven research projects investigating congenital heart defects, the nation’s leading killer of infants with birth defects.

The American Heart Association and The Children’s Heart Foundation last November committed $22.5 million to congenital heart defect research […]

Dozens of babies saved after pulse oximetry screenings

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Just one day after New Jersey became the first state to legislate and implement statewide pulse oximetry testing for critical congenital heart defects, doctors detected a heart murmur in newborn Dylan Gordon.

Dylan was the first of 19 infants in the state between Aug. 31, 2011, […]

AHA, CHF to fund $20M for heart defect research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Before Cain Clinkscales was born, his parents found out he was missing a main chamber in his heart. He’d need three open-heart surgeries.

“Our son is alive today because of research done in the past,” said Cain’s mother, Catherine Clinkscales. “But his future is unknown.” More […]

Surgeons use 3D printed model of heart to treat patients with disorders

An experimental 3-dimensional printed model of the heart may help surgeons treat patients born with complicated heart disorders, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Most heart surgeons use 2D images taken by X-ray, ultrasound and MRI for surgical planning. However, these images may not […]

Pulse oximetry screenings save lives of babies with congenital heart defects

Screening for congenital heart defects with pulse oximetry identified newborn babies with previously unsuspected critical congenital heart defects, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014. Babies with undetected CCHD have a significant increased risk of disability or death.

About nine of every 1,000 babies are […]