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 […]

Study shows promise for heart surgery patients with Down syndrome

A large national study suggests that children with Down syndrome — the most common chromosomal disorder — do not face additional risks when undergoing heart surgery. In addition, the children may actually have a better chance of survival while hospitalized compared with other pediatric heart patients.

Researchers at the University […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Taking her symptoms seriously saved her life; luckily, it was ‘Just A Little Heart Attack’

There’s always something to talk about when longtime friends Carol Deckelbaum and Marnie Silbergeld make their daily 3-mile walk around Seattle’s Green Lake.
On a windy, drizzly day in March 2012, Carol told Marnie something was going on, but she couldn’t put her finger on it. She felt a little […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Grieving mom works to prevent parents from learning of a child’s heart problem from a coroner

February is an important month in the fight against heart disease. In addition to its federal designation as American Heart Month, additional emphasis is placed on the tiniest patient: those with Congenital Heart Defects (babies born with heart problems). Kristine Brite-McCormick is the mother of such a child, a […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Girl born with problematic heart thrives, loves giving others hope they can, too

When River and Chris Triffo went to have the 20-week ultrasound done on their fourth child, they were eager to hear whether they would be having a girl or a boy.

When the technician hastily left the room and returned with a supervisor, the couple from Saskatchewan, Canada, knew something […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Don’t just live, live well,’ urges heart disease, stroke survivor

There have been two constant themes in Pete Huttlinger’s life: music and heart disease.

Born with a heart defect, Pete lacked the energy to keep up with kids his age. So when they would go out to a field to play, he would bring a guitar or a banjo. Within […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Family faced heart-defect diagnosis before birth – again; outcome better the 2nd time

When Greta Hurst was about 15 weeks pregnant with her second child, doctors told her and her husband Darnell that the baby’s heart would not survive.

But little Mariah had a strong will to live. She persevered for 31 weeks before being stillborn. The family was told she likely had […]

McGowan Fund springboards childhood obesity prevention initiative with inaugural funding

The statistics are alarming.  More than a quarter of U.S. preschool children ages 2-5 are overweight or obese. Many of these children spend most of their day in child care settings. We believe that reaching kids in these environments and teaching them how to make healthy decisions can help […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: While boy awaits transplant to beat incredibly rare condition, family accepts ‘new normal’

Rylan Karrer has to sit on the sidelines. He doesn’t have the energy to run, jump and play like other 10-year-old kids.

His heart can’t handle it.

Rylan is dealing with a one-in-a-million condition that prevents the chambers of his heart from filling with blood. The only solution is finding him […]

Study says heart attack patients need to get to the hospital quicker

A new study that showed reducing “door-to-balloon” times in hospitals did not improve survival rates for patients with severe heart attacks, also emphasizes the need to save time between the start of severe heart attack symptoms and patients’ arrival at the hospital, said Gray Ellrodt, M.D., national spokesperson for […]