American Heart Association

Newborns don tiny red caps to raise awareness of heart defects

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For thousands of newborns, it’s their first time to “go red,” sporting hand-knit red caps delivered to parents at hospitals nationwide.

The tiny accessories are part of the Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign launched by the American Heart Association in 2014 to raise awareness about congenital […]

Coping with heart defect leads to work helping other patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Adam Verigan was 5 days old when his pediatrician detected a heart murmur. More medical exams led to startling news for his parents: He had been born with a heart defect.

Known as Tetralogy of Fallot, the congenital defect involved four specific problems with his heart. […]

‘It’s not over’ for congenital heart disease survivor Kami Sutton

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It was never supposed to be a simple procedure. After all, Kami Sutton had been born with an impressive list of congenital heart defects that had already required 19 surgeries for the 26-year-old. Now it was time for No. 20.

The plan was to give Sutton […]

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 […]