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 official game ball to the referee.

The scene brought tears to the eyes of Hunter’s mother, Wendy, who’d often wondered if Hunter’s […]

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 Len, and by the pen name Len N. Wallace – was born with a hole between the walls of his heart.

Shortly […]

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 people with heart defects can do just about any physical activity. Just be sure to talk to your doctor about what […]

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 Blake on the bypass machine.

12:30 PM – Dr. Fraser completed the first step of the bi-directional Glenn. He finished oversewing the […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Color-coded syringes may treat children with cardiac arrest faster, reduce error

Color-coded syringes may help emergency crews treat children for sudden heart stoppage faster and eliminate medication dosing errors.

In two simulations of pediatric cardiac arrest, emergency room nurses and doctors treated patients 28 seconds faster and paramedics and medical technicians nine seconds faster when they used color-coded, pre-filled syringes of […]

What is the #StoryBehindMyScar?

I’ve watched #StoryBehindMyScar trend on Twitter all day and have been inspired by the many heart survivors who are sharing their stories of trials and triumph. Their scars are badges of honor – reminders that they are stronger than the heart condition that tried to hurt them.

Heart survivors often beat […]