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The first generation of patients to have historic, lifesaving heart surgery as newborns or children is now in their 20s and 30s and presenting doctors with a puzzle: What some thought were cures for serious heart defects are breaking down.
Congenital heart defects are classified into two broad categories: acyanotic and cyanotic lesions. The most common acyanotic lesions are ventricular septal defect, atrial septal defect, atrioventricular canal, pulmonary stenosis, patent ductus arteriosus, aortic stenosis and coarctation of the aorta. Congestive heart failure is the primary concern in infants with acyanotic lesions.
Critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) represents a group of heart defects that cause serious, life-threatening symptoms and requires intervention within the first days or first year of life. CCHD is often treatable if detected early. It can encompass abnormalities in the rhythm of the heart, as well as a wide array of structural heart problems.
A mutation in a gene crucial to normal heart development could play a role in some types of congenital heart disease -- the most common birth defect in the U.S. The finding, from a team in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, could help narrow the search for genes that contribute to this defect, which affects as many as 40,000 newborns a year. The findings were published in a recent issue of Human Mutation.
Jimmy Kimmel’s infant son was born with heart disease. The experience made him realize how lucky he is to have health care.
But each year, more than 1 million babies are born with a congenital heart defect in the world — making this the leading cause of death from birth defects. In developing countries, many of these children are never diagnosed and oftentimes, even after such diagnoses, those with the condition cannot undergo life-saving surgery.
You can help make the journey to life-saving heart surgery for some of these children possible and a little less torturous by pledging what you can to the HeartGift Baja Bug for every mile the HeartThrobs team completes in November in Baja California.
Congenital heart disease has a major impact on affected children across the UK, but it also changes the lives of families, putting parents under emotional and financial strain. That’s what we heard from around 600 parents of children with congenital heart disease, when we asked them what challenges they face.
February is “heart month” as many refer to it. The week of February 7th through the 14th is listed as Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week even, but yet so many people fail to understand what that means, fail to comprehend what a child with such a diagnosis goes through, and further more the constant stress, fear, anger, and heartbreak these families go through each and every day of the year.
We exchanged the horrible things people have said to us and although we do not want those people in our lives anyway, that doesn’t take the pain away.
However, with our bright and relentless spirits, we keep fighting, smiling, living, and searching for what’s next. Whatever is around the corner, bring it on! After talking with many CHDers about love, I decided we need a list of positive reasons of why we are so incredibly awesome.
Whether you are looking for definitions of medical terms, hospitals caring for people with CHDs, other people with whom you can network and share experiences, links to support groups, articles regarding CHDs, or resources for the CHD community, you have come to the right place!
Comprehensive, easy-to-understand descriptions (without confusing medical jargon) of the 30 most common heart defects.
Congenital Heart Disease: Clinical Studies from Fetus to Adulthood is a new, clinical journal focusing on congenital heart disease in children and adults. Though the number of infants born with heart disease each year is relatively small (approximately 1% of the population), advances in the treatment of such malformations have led to increased life spans for this population.
C.H.I.N. is a national organization that provides reliable information, support services, financial assistance and resources to families of children with congenital heart defects and acquired heart disease, adults with congenital heart defects, and the professionals who work with them.
We take pride in our research and it would not be possible without the annual participation of the patients and families enrolled in our studies. We would love for you to be part of our team so please join our community.
A listing of Congenital Heart Disease Forums.
Congenital heart defects can be difficult to visualize and explain. Heartpedia, created by Cincinnati Children's Hospital, allows you to interact with 3D models of pediatric heart anomalies and defects. Healthcare providers may use these anatomically-correct models as visual learning tools to help educate patients and families on specific defects and repairs.
Welcome to the HLHS Parent information page. This site was designed by parents of a child with HLHS to help other parents receiving the prenatal diagnosis of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.
The purpose of the International Society for Adult Congenital Cardiac Disease is to promote, maintain and pursue excellence in the care of adults with congenital cardiac disease. The Society is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and training in medical disciplines pertinent to congenital heart disease in adults.
Scientific Software Solutions Inc. is the only company in the world that has an exclusive focus on software for congenital heart disease. Since 1981, one year prior to the release of the IBM PC, we have developed quality software products for both clinical and educational purposes and have compiled a record of success in computer program design for congenital heart disease.
The Adult Congenital Heart Association is a nonprofit organization which seeks to improve the quality of life and extend the lives of adults with congenital heart defects. Through education, outreach, advocacy and promotion of research, ACHA serves and supports the more than one million adults with congenital heart defects, their families, and the medical community.
The CACH Network was created to pool the knowledge and experience of congenital heart disease professionals in Canada to help strengthen their skills and knowledge of the discipline, and to create a community of individuals committed to caring for adults with congenital heart disease-and their families.
The Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance is a volunteer-run registered charitable organization made up of patients with a congenital heart defect, their friends, families, and the medical community. With your support, we aim to improve the quality of care for these patients, many of whom require lifelong expert care.
The Children`s Heart Federation is dedicated to helping children with congenital or acquired heart disease and their families in the UK and Ireland. We are a parent-led charity consisting of 22 organisations, all of which are registered charities whose main aim is the support of families of children with heart conditions.
Our main goal is to provide useful and reliable educational information to parents, patients, nurses, and health care professionals. Simplifying science and patient education is my passion, and I consider it an integral element of patient care. Parents need to be well informed to understand their child’s condition, as this will alleviate anxieties and enable parents to be more comfortable with their child’s care options.
Welcome! to the world's largest information resource for pediatric and adult congenital heart disease!
The Dr. Mani Children Heart Foundation is a non-profit entity created to raise awareness about Congenital Heart Defects and to raise funds to sponsor life-saving heart surgery for children from poor families suffering from congenital heart disease.
The aim of this site is to provide information about prenatal detection of heart defects as well as relevant information about support groups and diagrams of some of the commoner heart conditions.
HeartGift's purpose is to provide the necessary surgery including funds, coordination of care, and medical services for children with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) living in countries where specialized medical treatments is scare or nonexistent.
We are a voluntary organisation set up to offer help and support to children with heart disorders and their families regardless of how slight or severe the condition may be.
HeartPoint is primarily designed for people interested in heart disease in adults. Since we've come on line however, it's become apparent that there is also a great deal of interest in congenital heart disease, disorders that generally affect children. It is a vast topic, and one that is difficult to generalize about.
We are Hearts Unite the Globe which is a nonprofit organization designed to help bring members of the
CHD community together to learn, teach each other and support each other.
The priority of Jamie's Heart Foundation is to assist families who are battling childhood heart disease. The foundation supports and networks with other community organizations that provide direct family support and services to children diagnosed with a congenital heart disease and their families. Jamie's Heart Foundation directly provides assistance to these families and their children.
Kids With Heart, while focusing on supporting families who have to contend with heart defects, also actively pursues awareness of the group and of congenital heart defects in general. In this endeavor, we provide an awareness store, opportunities to volunteer or donate, and more information and background on the group itself, including direct contact information.
Little Hearts, Inc. is a non-profit organization. We provide support, resources, networking, and hope to families affected by congenital heart defects. Membership consists of families nationwide who have or are expecting a child with a congenital heart defect.
Mended Hearts is a national and community-based non-profit organization that has been offering the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. To offer this hope Mended Hearts provides a variety of programs.
CRY’s myheart network provides personalised help, support, and information to individuals who have been diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening inherited or congenital cardiac condition. myheart is a support system for individuals to help develop effective coping strategies and reduce social isolation.
Living, loving and learning more every day from our child with a congenital heart defect (CHD). We share our stories here in hopes that they will help you along your own journey. CHD Blog, TGA, ASD, VSD, Pulmonary stenosis,COARC,artery stretching surgery. Kristen Tragethon.
The success of cardiac surgery in childhood has produced a large population of adults with congenital heart disease. These adults present a unique challenge for the cardiology community. With more than 30 different forms of congenital heart disease, it can be difficult for adult patients to find cardiologists familiar with their particular anatomy and problems. At the Columbia University Medical Center, highly specialized care of adults with congenital heart disease has been a long-standing tradition.
Congenital heart disease is a somewhat common condition that can affect almost 1 in every 100 newborns in the United States. At the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute, our cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and pediatric cardiovascular specialists are trained to diagnose and treat congenital heart disease using cutting-edge diagnostic and surgical techniques.
The goal of The Children’s Heart Foundation is to bring health, hope and happiness to children impacted by congenital heart defects, the number one birth defect in the United States. We accomplish this goal by funding the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects.
Our long experience with prenatal diagnosis and planning for optimum care allows us to offer the highest quality treatment whether intervention is indicated before or after birth.
The Somerville Foundation focuses on those born with a heart condition (congenital), providing practical and emotional support, and enabling them to take control of their lives and manage their own heart condition. Thanks to advancements in medical treatment, today more and more people born with heart conditions are living long, full and happy lives.
We believe that it is important to improve the detection of heart disease before birth, at the routine "20-week" ultrasound scan. Early detection of heart disease means that babies and their mothers can be referred to specialists for care and treatment.
Learn about problems that may accompany congenital heart defects and how this can impact a person's future.
In the 1950s around eight out of ten babies with a complex congenital heart condition died before their first birthday. Today, thanks to advances in treatment and care, more than eight out of ten babies with congenital heart disease grow up to be adults.
Most children are born with a normal, healthy heart. In some cases, though, children are born with defects or abnormalities.
The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Heart Institute Encyclopedia provides detailed information on the following congenital heart defects, including, signs and symptoms, diagnoses and treatment options:
It can be frightening to learn that your child has a congenital heart defect (one that's present at birth). But congenital heart disease is a relatively common condition that affects almost 1 in every 100 newborns in the United States. Medical knowledge, technology, and experience can offer accurate diagnosis and treatments that allow nearly every form of congenital heart disease to be treated.
Eight out of every 1,000 babies born in the United States have a congenital (present at birth) heart defect - a problem that occurred as the baby's heart was developing during pregnancy, before the baby is born. Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defects.
Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect, affecting 8 of every 1,000 newborns. Each year, more than 35,000 babies in the United States are born with congenital heart defects. Most of these defects are simple conditions that are easily fixed or need no treatment.
Many congenital heart defects cause few or no signs and symptoms. They are often not diagnosed until children are older.
Many children with congenital heart defects don't need treatment, but others do. Treatment can include medicines, catheter procedures, surgery, and heart transplants. The treatment depends on the type of the defect, how it is, and a child's age, size, and general health.
Plain radiographs of congenital heart disease.
Congenital heart defects are heart problems present at birth. They happen when the heart does not develop normally before birth. About 1% of infants are born with one or more heart or circulatory problems.
Congenital heart disorders are those that are present at birth. These conditions may be inherited, may occur from a parent's exposure to a harmful substance or disease or may develop for no apparent reason. Some congenital defects are diagnosed before a child is born, others go unnoticed until a child is older and many may not produce symptoms until adulthood or even old age.