Wednesday 17 Sep 2014

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All posts tagged congenital heart defects

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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 …

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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,

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: NFL PLAY 60 ‘Super Kid’ inspires others fighting heart defects

Before the most recent Super Bowl, 10-year-old Hunter Paulin kicked off the biggest event on America’s sports calendar by running to midfield at the Superdome and handing the

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: It can be tough being a kid with a heart problem; author helps ease pain he felt with book aimed at others going through it

Samuel Ward III wants kids with heart conditions to know they’re not alone. He knows how they feel because he was once one of them. The author – who goes by