Surgeons use 3D printed model of heart to treat patients with disorders

An experimental 3-dimensional printed model of the heart may help surgeons treat patients born with complicated heart disorders, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Most heart surgeons use 2D images taken by X-ray, ultrasound and MRI for surgical planning. However, these images may not […]

Pulse oximetry screenings save lives of babies with congenital heart defects

Screening for congenital heart defects with pulse oximetry identified newborn babies with previously unsuspected critical congenital heart defects, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014. Babies with undetected CCHD have a significant increased risk of disability or death.

About nine of every 1,000 babies are […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: His two open-heart surgeries by 6 prompted family’s support of research

Taking her 9-month-old son Caden for a routine checkup, Xochitl Ayon wondered about the best vaccination schedule and development milestones such as when he should start pulling up.

A much bigger concern soon followed. What initially was diagnosed as a heart murmur turned out to be a troublesome piece of […]

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 […]

Massachusetts to screen all newborns for congenital heart defects

Massachusetts has joined a growing list of states that have passed legislation requiring that all newborns be screened for congenital heart defects using pulse oximetry.

Gov. Deval Patrick signed Massachusetts’ bill into law last week. It will go into effect on Jan. 1.

Pulse oximetry is a low-cost, highly-effective and painless […]

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: 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: 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 […]

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 […]