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Moms of babies with heart defects also could be at risk of later heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women who have babies with a heart defect have a 25 percent greater risk of being hospitalized for cardiovascular issues later in life, according to a new study that says the baby’s condition could be an early warning of heart disease for some mothers.

The research, […]

April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Heart Disease, Research, Women|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Moms of babies with heart defects also could be at risk of later heart disease

Retired NFL lineman Mark Schlereth turns trash talk into baby-saving effort

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s Note: This story was updated throughout on March 9, 2018, with event results.

Retired pro football player Mark Schlereth benched 225 pounds 26 times, taming social media taunts and raising money for a cause dear to his and his granddaughter’s heart.

The Facebook.com/1043TheFan live event Friday was […]

March 9th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Research|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Retired NFL lineman Mark Schlereth turns trash talk into baby-saving effort

Two families met on social media, and now a heart defect research fund is named in their kids’ honor

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For the past year, two families affected by congenital heart disease exchanged messages on Facebook and over texts. They met for the first time a week ago.

“There were tears and laughs and smiles,” said Lauren Kiefer-Foley, whose 6-year-old son Jack has a rare congenital heart […]

March 7th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Heart Disease|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Two families met on social media, and now a heart defect research fund is named in their kids’ honor

Surviving a heart defect to become an American Ninja Warrior

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Molly Hemphill is a congenital heart survivor and recently selected as a competitor on television series “American Ninja Warrior.” She shares her life story and future goals:

At 25 years old, my life changed overnight.

I was struggling to fall asleep, unsure why, when my heart began […]

February 21st, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Heart Attack, Patients, Physical Activity, Women|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Surviving a heart defect to become an American Ninja Warrior

Learning to navigate congenital heart disease as an adult

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Ten months after she was born, Lauren Evanovich had open-heart surgery to repair a hole in her heart and aortic valve.

As she got older, Evanovich avoided strenuous activity and saw a cardiologist twice a year. Otherwise she didn’t think much about what her congenital heart […]

February 7th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Heart Disease|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Learning to navigate congenital heart disease as an adult

Promising athlete to heart patient … back to promising athlete

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

DENTON, Texas – With a highlight-reel sliding catch, centerfielder Camden Thrailkill sealed Denton Guyer’s victory 8-7 over Lewisville.

In the stands, his parents could only marvel.

“You’d never have expected this,” said Rik, his dad. “Just to see him out there competing, and the joy on his […]

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Fateful days changed the destiny of cardiology doctor

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Two life-changing events helped mold Dr. Arie Szatkowski, an ebullient, shaggy-haired New Yorker, into a cardiac crusader of the Mid-South.

When he was 23, his father, who was a doctor, died suddenly of a heart attack far too young.

“He was my role model, and I was […]

Under-recognized heart valve disease kills estimated 25,000 each year

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

On the nation’s first Heart Valve Day this Feb. 22, Dennis Dobkowski, who needed surgery to fix damage to his valves, will share his experience with Congressional representatives in hopes of getting attention for this under-recognized problem.

Awareness is low for heart valve disease, which is a condition […]

7-year-old hasn’t let health problems slow him down

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Watching 7-year-old Ian Cox run and play with his little brother, it’s hard to imagine he was so fragile at birth.

Like other boys his age, he loves building things with Legos and Playstix, and dressing up as superheroes, particularly the Samurai Power Ranger.

“He wanted to […]

December 16th, 2016|Categories: Children, Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on 7-year-old hasn’t let health problems slow him down

Pulse oximetry screening successes set stage for more work to save babies

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart problems are the most common type of birth defect, and until very recently many life-threatening defects went undetected until babies were already home from the hospital.

Frantic parents sometimes noticed symptoms only after it was too late to save a baby’s life — or when […]