Conquering CHD’s Questions to Ask Your Doctor
This Guided Questions Tool will provide you with questions you never thought to ask your care team. En Español / ACHD versions of this resource available. QUESTIONS TO ASK THE CARDIAC TEAM It is hard to hear the words “there is something wrong with your baby’s heart.” But, there is hope! Thanks to new and…
What Can a CHD Newborn Eat?
CHD Parents Need to Prepare More than a Hospital Bag for a CHD Infant’s Birth An expectant mother and father are at their 20-week anatomy scan when the technician becomes eerily quiet. No more chatting about fingers and toes or the cute button nose. “There’s something wrong with the baby’s heart,” the doctor would say…
What Are the Early Signs of Heart Disease?
Heart disease can take many forms. From irregular heartbeats to coronary artery disease, many of these forms of heart disease can be prevented by making healthier lifestyle choices. Some of these conditions, like congenital heart disease, are issues the individual is born with. However, making the proper adjustments with these healthy choices can prevent or…
Peyton’s Parents Give Hope to CHD Community
In her 12 days of life, Peyton Rae Brean showed her parents, Lisa and Corey Brean, spunk, sass, love, and strength. Her personality radiated inside the NICU, and her parents cherished every moment spent inside those four walls. “I read somewhere once that ‘instead of teaching my daughter about the world, I would have to…
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…