AHA, CHF join forces to help kids with heart defects

When Brycen Principe was born, his parents were overjoyed. But devastating news soon turned their excitement into shock, disbelief — and fear. Tiny Brycen had a heart defect.

“All I can remember thinking is ‘my baby is going to die,’” said his mom, Jessica.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Her tangle of heart problems were discovered in the womb; now 3, she’s thriving

At their 20-week ultrasound, Jamie and Cale Henderson were excited to learn they would be welcoming a baby girl.

The other news that day wasn’t as joyous.

Their unborn daughter had several problems with her heart. Doctors didn’t yet know the full extent of the condition.

“It was devastating,” Jamie said. “I […]

Fox News anchor’s baby boy going strong after numerous heart surgeries

Bret and Amy Baier greeted the birth of their first child with the excitement and anticipation of any new parents, posing for photos, spreading the good news, and staring in awe at 10 perfect fingers and 10 perfect toes.

Less than two days later, they stood silently as doctors detailed […]

Fifth-grader jumping for dad’s memories one of nation’s top fundraisers

Reghan Haynes, a fifth-grader who devoted school fundraising efforts to her father after he died from heart disease late last summer, finished among the nation’s top fundraisers for the Jump Rope For Heart program.

Reghan, from Hays, Kan., raised a total of about $5,700, which is more than $5,000 more […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Like mother, like daughter – emotionally strong duo battle rare forms of heart disease

Keyota Cole was born with a hole in her heart and an abnormal valve. At 18 months old, she had her first open-heart surgery.

Keyota underwent a second heart surgery at age 5. Then as a teenager and young adult, she had additional procedures, including valve replacement surgery and the […]

Fighting for the youngest heart disease patients

Congenital heart defects are the No. 1 birth defect in the United States and the leading killer of infants with birth defects, tragic facts that the American Heart Association is working to combat on many fronts.

These defects are heart problems that are present at birth, including holes in the […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Courageous Katherine’ thrives on helping fellow heart patients

In her 13 years, Katherine Schroeder has undergone 15 surgeries or other procedures on her heart. And she still faces a lifetime of medical interventions to keep her heart running.
Persevering is tough. Persevering with a good attitude is even tougher.

That’s why this eighth-grader from Canton, Ohio, is so remarkable.

Katherine […]

Environmental toxins linked to heart defects

Children’s congenital heart defects may be associated with their mothers’ exposure to specific mixtures of environmental toxins during pregnancy, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013.
Congenital heart defects occur when the heart or blood vessels near the heart don’t develop normally before birth. Defects may […]

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 […]

New research offers a formula to determine ‘normal’ heart size

New research has re-evaluated the “normal’ size of the heart, determining that standard measurements for heart size are outdated and don’t account for gender, age and body size.

Adjustments in the measurements are important because women and people of small build are at risk for delayed treatments since their enlarged […]