American Heart Association

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 […]

Having a ball in the fight against heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart disease is the world’s No. 1 killer. So even those without the condition are still affected.

Pauline Pavao is one of those people.

Although she’s healthy, Pauline lost both her parents to the disease, and her son Cori was born with a congenital heart defect.

Watching loved […]

32 heart surgeries, and she’s only 19

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Bethany Gooch was a fussy newborn.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, in October 1997, regular pediatrician’s visits didn’t reveal anything wrong. But just days before Bethany’s first Christmas, her color seemed off.

The Gooches took Bethany to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a pair of serious […]

After her baby’s heart surgery, researcher studies impact on parents’ mental health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Sarah Woolf-King’s son Charlie was born with holes in his heart that required open-heart surgery when he was just 9 weeks old.

The terrifying experience created stress, anxiety and isolation that sent the clinical psychologist online to message boards and Facebook groups looking to connect with […]

Parents of kids with heart defects at risk for PTSD, other mental health issues

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Parents of children with critical congenital heart defects are at high risk for mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression, according to a new study.

Researchers who reviewed published data from 10 countries found that up to 30 percent of parents of […]

Successful pregnancy possible for some women with high-risk congenital heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Doctors have historically advised against pregnancy in women with complex heart defects. But pregnancy may be possible for some of them, according to new guidance based on emerging data.

The American Heart Association published the new advice Thursday in its journal Circulation.

Pregnancy is a serious decision […]

American Heart Association, The Children’s Heart Foundation fund more than $1M in heart defect research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Seven researchers will split nearly $1.1 million in funding for congenital heart defect research. The American Heart Association and The Children’s Heart Foundation announced the awards Tuesday.

The funds are the latest to be doled out through the Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards, a program from […]

Heart defect survivor a model in determination

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

After a heart murmur was detected in her newborn son, Kristen Holihan was told she could have him checked out at the local children’s hospital, or wait until after the Christmas holiday weekend.

She didn’t want to wait and soon got devastating news: Tyler Matesen, just […]

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, […]