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SimpleScience@Heart: If you were a preemie, beware possible heart problem

People who were born prematurely should pay special attention to their heart health. A study published in the American Heart Association journal, Circulation, found that young adults who were born more than a month early were more likely to have …

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Blake’s Story – Second Surgery – The Glenn

12:30 AM – Blood transfusion to bring up oxygen saturation levels 7:30 AM – Surgery starts 9:40 AM - The team of surgeons have begun the surgery and successfully put

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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

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Blake’s Story – First Surgery: The Norwood

Timeline of 1st Surgery 5:30 AM – MRI 6:20 AM – Begin neurological brain monitoring for clinical trial 10 AM – Surgery Begins 11:40 AM - 1st update from doctors: the first

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Blake’s Story: Shock

William “Blake” Galligan joined our family at 6:10 AM on Tuesday, April 29, 2008. Born at 35 weeks, he was a beautiful and sweet boy; we were so

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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