Complex heart imaging tests may raise children’s lifetime cancer risk

Radiation from standard X-rays doesn’t significantly raise lifetime cancer risks for most children, but  it can for those who have complex heart disease and are exposed to large cumulative doses, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Researchers followed 337 children under age 6 who had heart surgery at Duke University […]

Myra Sky auditioned for “The Voice” as her father prepared for heart surgery

When Myra Sky heard she was in the final round of auditions for NBC’s “The Voice,” she couldn’t believe that after years of preparation she was on the cusp of her big break.

“Since I was a little girl, I’ve always been deep into music,” she said. “My father has […]

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 […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Like mother, like daughter – emotionally strong duo battle rare forms of heart disease

Keyota Cole was born with a hole in her heart and an abnormal valve. At 18 months old, she had her first open-heart surgery.

Keyota underwent a second heart surgery at age 5. Then as a teenager and young adult, she had additional procedures, including valve replacement surgery and the […]

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 […]

Former President George W. Bush released from hospital

Former President George W. Bush was released from a Dallas hospital on Wednesday, a day after undergoing coronary artery stenting to widen a narrowed artery.

Doctors discovered the issue during an annual physical examination at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas earlier this week. A stent was inserted later at Texas […]

Former President George W. Bush receives stent to open heart blockage

Former President George W. Bush is expected to return to a normal schedule in a few days after a successful heart procedure to fix a blockage in an artery.

In a procedure called angioplasty, doctors inserted a stent into the heart of the nation’s 43rd president on Tuesday morning at […]

Blake’s Story – First Surgery: The Norwood

Timeline of 1st Surgery

5:30 AM – MRI

6:20 AM – Begin neurological brain monitoring for clinical trial

10 AM – Surgery Begins

11:40 AM – 1st update from doctors: the first hour and a half was spent prepping him for surgery

1 PM – 2nd update from doctors: he is on heart-lung bypass […]