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SimpleScience@Heart: The couch is no place for people with heart defects

If you or your child were born with a heart defect, don’t skip out on physical activities.

While some irregular heartbeat conditions may limit what you can do, most people with heart defects can do just about any physical activity. Just be sure to talk to your doctor about what […]

Blake’s Story – What Heart Condition?

Blake is now almost two years post-surgery.  He is about to turn five, and is healthier than he’s ever been.  We always said that if we were going to subject Blake to this series of traumatic surgeries that we were going to allow him to have the most normal […]

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Blake’s Story – A Long Journey

In April 2011, we went to TCH in Houston to get Blake’s heart catheterized. Blake didn’t have any issues with this catheterization, and we were released as an outpatient the same day with a plan for his third (and last planned) surgery for June.  The next surgery, the Fontan, […]

Blake’s Story – A Break

The next two years was relatively uneventful for Blake’s heart.  We had the opportunity to live like a normal family with fun and adventures.  Looking back, I feel like we tried to cram everything awesome into every minute (and if I’m being honest with myself I still do that).  […]

Blake’s Story – Altered Reality

After we returned home we had to figure out what our new normal was.  We had a healthy, active two-year-old, and a delicate heart baby.
We knew immediately that we wanted to give Blake as ‘normal’ of a life as possible, but we also didn’t want to be careless or […]

February 9th, 2013|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Blake’s Story – Altered Reality

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week: Blake’s Story

About 32,000 infants are diagnosed with a congenital heart defect each year and 1.3 million Americans are living today with a CHD.  Tomorrow, February 7th, is the start of Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week and this year we are sharing the CHD story of Blake, age 4.

Blake was diagnosed […]

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Simple Science @Heart: ‘Maps’ of kids’ hearts could help correct rapid rhythms

New research could lead to a better “map” for doctors trying to fix a rare, rapid rhythm in children’s hearts.

Doctors usually treat this condition by destroying the abnormal tissue that is disrupting the heart’s electrical rhythm. But finding that tissue can be hard; it’s not in the same spot […]