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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

Yoda makes sheep history with heart surgery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

At first glance, Yoda looks like a perfectly healthy 15-month-old sheep as he playfully butts his head against a visitor’s knee and dances at the sight of his daily treat – a cup of delicious, nutritious grain.

But look closer and you’ll notice the 18-inch-by-18-inch bald […]

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 […]

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 […]

From being on life support to playing dress-up

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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The delivery of their first child was rough, and Kacie and Alejandro Torres looked forward to an easier one with their second, another girl.

But the then-24-year-old mother knew something was wrong as soon as she saw Emma. Medical staff yelled for chest compressions […]

Chicago man considers each day ‘a big deal’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Mark Cecola appreciates each moment in his life. When the successful Chicago restaurateur isn’t working, he’s with family and longtime friends, enjoying simple pleasures like interesting conversation and laughter.

Because he lives with heart failure, Cecola is determined not to let the condition sideline him.

“You’ve got […]

Making a difference, in memory of a son

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Twins Jacob and Julianna Wells were born five weeks early on June 3, 2004. Jacob weighed just under 6 pounds and Julianna weighed only 4 pounds, 8 ounces.

Doctors whisked both newborns off to the neonatal intensive care unit. Julianna needed help maintaining her body temperature, […]

Gene therapy may reduce risk of sudden cardiac death from heart disorder

A single dose of gene therapy reduced the risk of sudden cardiac death for one year from an inherited disorder that causes abnormal heart rhythm, according to a new study.

In addition, the gene therapy showed promise in preventing Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia from progressing after birth and in reversing […]

June 2nd, 2014|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Gene therapy may reduce risk of sudden cardiac death from heart disorder

5th grader jumping in father’s memory keeps exceeding fundraising goals

As the daughter of a flight paramedic and an intensive-care nurse, Reghan Haynes has grown up with a keen devotion to improving and saving lives. Given her own chance to help as a third-grader, Reghan became her elementary school’s top fundraiser in the Jump Rope For Heart event.

Reghan is […]