American Heart Association

41 years later, bionic baby is a success story

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When Shannon Phillips went into pacemaker clinics for checkups over the years, other patients looked at her with puzzled expressions.

“What is this little girl doing here?” their faces seemed to ask.

When Phillips was 7, she would have been there for a follow-up visit after surgery […]

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 […]

Heart disease at birth, prom dates as teenagers

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Logan Andrews looked completely healthy when he was born nearly 17 years ago in Concord, North Carolina, tipping the scales at 10 pounds.

But he wasn’t. Within hours, doctors discovered a heart condition – hypoplastic left heart syndrome – that caused the left side of his […]

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. […]

‘It’s not over’ for congenital heart disease survivor Kami Sutton

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It was never supposed to be a simple procedure. After all, Kami Sutton had been born with an impressive list of congenital heart defects that had already required 19 surgeries for the 26-year-old. Now it was time for No. 20.

The plan was to give Sutton […]

Pregnant women with congenital heart disease may have low complication risks during delivery

Pregnant women with congenital heart disease had very low risks of arrhythmias (irregular heart beat) or other heart-related complications during labor and delivery, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

However, such women were more likely to undergo cesarean section and remain in the hospital […]

Texas mandates newborn pulse ox screenings

Suzie Chase Brown’s family has had a long history of heart disease. The mother was diagnosed with congenital heart disease as a child. And in 2008, her daughter, Maggie Brown, was born with a congenital heart defect.

Ten months after Maggie, 5, had successful open-heart surgery to repair her heart […]

Small town finishes big in heart-health fundraising efforts

The final numbers are in for Hayward, Wisconsin:  Students in the town of 2,313 officially finished second in the nation raising funds for heart health through the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope For Heart program.

The total of $100,500 raised by Hayward primary and intermediate schools is more than double […]

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