Research in CHD Care is Improving Outcomes
Why do some children with CHD do better than others? Research is painting a better picture, but now we need to consider what can be changed to improve outcomes. Let’s take a closer look at the more complex cases and compare them to other patient experiences to understand the vulnerabilities of Health-Related Quality of Life…
Those with CHD are Living Longer
Thanks to improvements in care, people born with heart defects are now living well into adulthood. But as many of us know, Congenital Heart Disease isn’t just a childhood issue. Many people discover new health problems as they age, and some don’t even know they have CHD until adulthood. A study examined the health of…
Clark Ostrom was born in 2015 at just 36 weeks. His mom, Carissa Ostrom, said they had no idea he had a bicuspid Aortic Valve and Aortic Stenosi heart defect. He went through his first procedure and balloon valvuloplasty (a cath procedure where they take a balloon and rip open the valve). Carissa then connected…
Conquering CHD’s Co-founder Returns as Executive Director
Announcing Amy Basken as Next Executive Director
In early November 2021, we went to our kids’ annual checkup appointments, and Eli had very elevated blood pressure. The nurses would not record it on his growth sheet. Instead, they sent in several nurses with several different blood pressure cuffs to check him. Praise God his pediatrician didn’t ignore this and let it go….
When is chd awareness week 2023?
Congenital heart disease (CHD) awareness week occurs annually from February 7th to February 14th. This week is a time to promote awareness of CHD and raise money for lifesaving research and support for people with the condition. Reach out to Conquering CHD to learn more about how CHD impacts people’s lives or find support and…
Who is most affected by congenital heart disease?
Millions of people in the United States live with a condition called congenital heart disease, or CHD. There are many types of CHD, and the condition’s symptoms can vary from person to person. Many living with CHD require lifelong medical care, medications, or surgery. Advancements in the way CHD is treated and diagnosed have led…
What are the After Effects of Bypass Surgery?
Recovering from bypass surgery could take anywhere from two to three months. Some of the possible effects after surgery include mood swings, swelling, and loss of appetite. More than 250,000 people in the United States have bypass surgery. Also referred to as open heart bypass surgery, bypass surgery is performed to treat blocked arteries. It could…
What is Pediatric Cardiology?
Pediatric cardiology is the diagnosis and treatment of children with heart conditions. Pediatric cardiology centers on the diagnosis and treatment of children with heart conditions. Pediatric cardiologists work with children from before birth or infancy through childhood and even into adulthood to deliver the most advanced medical care. What is a Pediatric Cardiologist? A pediatric…
What is Congestive Heart Failure?
Congestive heart failure is when the heart has stopped working less efficiently, and the heart can’t pump enough blood to keep pace with the body’s needs. This weakened condition doesn’t mean there aren’t any avenues for treatment, but congestive heart failure needs prompt medical attention. Because the heart can no longer keep up with the…