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Congenital heart defects linked to increased risk of dementia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Being born with a heart defect may raise the odds of later developing dementia, especially early-onset dementia, a new study finds.

Each year, at least 40,000 infants in the United States are affected by a congenital heart defect. The cause is unknown, but it’s thought that […]

February 12th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Heart Disease, Research|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Congenital heart defects linked to increased risk of dementia

After surviving risky surgery, heart health became her mission

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Victoria Lewellen was about 10 years old when her pediatrician detected a heart murmur during a routine exam.

Follow-up medical tests revealed she had a bicuspid aortic valve — a condition that had gone undiagnosed since her birth. It is the most common congenital heart condition and it may […]

February 9th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Women|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on After surviving risky surgery, heart health became her mission

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

Pulse ox screens catching many newborns with heart disease, but there’s room for improvement

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

On the heels of a study that showed infant deaths from critical congenital heart defects fell by one-third in eight states that first mandated a newborn screening test, experts now look forward to technological improvements in the test so that more babies’ lives can be […]

January 29th, 2018|Categories: Children, Heart Disease|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Pulse ox screens catching many newborns with heart disease, but there’s room for improvement

Looking beyond the heart in adults with congenital heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Laura Goldenschue takes antibiotics before going to the dentist, even just for a routine cleaning. The 59-year-old from Texas assembles a team of specialists when facing a procedure as minor as a cyst removal. She carries a tiny “health passport” that lists her doctors and […]

October 9th, 2017|Categories: Children, Health, Heart Disease, Patients|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Looking beyond the heart in adults with congenital heart disease

In a book, two friends turn the page on heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Harry Zuckerman didn’t cry when he was born 17 years ago in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Doctors immediately suspected something might be wrong.

Within days, Harry was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect that changes the flow of blood through the heart. It occurs […]

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 […]

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

Cozy red hats keep babies’ heads warm, raise awareness of heart disease

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Gabe Foster loves to knit and do good deeds. That’s why the 10-year-old jumped at the chance to make red caps for newborns to help raise awareness about congenital heart disease.

Last year, the fifth-grader from Fairport, New York, only had time to make […]

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 […]