American Heart Association

Pregnant women with congenital heart disease may have low complication risks during delivery

Pregnant women with congenital heart disease had very low risks of arrhythmias (irregular heart beat) or other heart-related complications during labor and delivery, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

However, such women were more likely to undergo cesarean section and remain in the hospital […]

Texas mandates newborn pulse ox screenings

Suzie Chase Brown’s family has had a long history of heart disease. The mother was diagnosed with congenital heart disease as a child. And in 2008, her daughter, Maggie Brown, was born with a congenital heart defect.

Ten months after Maggie, 5, had successful open-heart surgery to repair her heart […]

Small town finishes big in heart-health fundraising efforts

The final numbers are in for Hayward, Wisconsin:  Students in the town of 2,313 officially finished second in the nation raising funds for heart health through the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope For Heart program.

The total of $100,500 raised by Hayward primary and intermediate schools is more than double […]

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 […]

New guidelines aim to improve care for babies with heart problems in the womb

Fetal heart experts working with the American Heart Association presented guidelines on Wednesday that were developed to help healthcare providers care for unborn babies with heart problems, as well as their families.

The statement, Diagnosis and Treatment of Fetal Cardiac Disease, was published in the American Heart Association journal, Circulation.

“Congenital heart disease […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]