American Heart Association

St. Louis restaurant honors sons lost to congenital heart disease


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


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


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


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


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 […]

Fox News anchor’s baby boy going strong after numerous heart surgeries

Bret and Amy Baier greeted the birth of their first child with the excitement and anticipation of any new parents, posing for photos, spreading the good news, and staring in awe at 10 perfect fingers and 10 perfect toes.

Less than two days later, they stood silently as doctors detailed […]

New guidelines aim to improve care for babies with heart problems in the womb

Fetal heart experts working with the American Heart Association presented guidelines on Wednesday that were developed to help healthcare providers care for unborn babies with heart problems, as well as their families.

The statement, Diagnosis and Treatment of Fetal Cardiac Disease, was published in the American Heart Association journal, Circulation.

“Congenital heart disease […]