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  1. Top 10 Things to Know about Mental Health & CHD

    When heart defects are first diagnosed, the heart structure and function get all the attention.  However, congenital heart disease (CHD) may have a lifelong impact on your whole being. This includes your mental health. It is important that we make mental health care a normal part of CHD care. As an adult with CHD we…

  2. A Parent’s Guide to Traveling with Kids with CHD

    Every parent wants to take their child on an adventure that creates lasting memories. But when your child has CHD, planning a trip requires extra preparation to ensure their safety and well-being. Before you explore destinations near and far, here are 7 tips to help you navigate the challenges of traveling with kids with CHD,…

  3. U.S. News Hospital Rankings Are One Piece of the CHD Care Puzzle

    Where to receive care is one of the most important decisions a family can make. Conquering CHD has a strong commitment to transparency and ensuring patients and families have essential information at their fingertips when they need it to assist them in making the best choice for their family. With the publishing of this year’s…

  4. Photo of the pills and tablet for medications that might be used to help pediatric patients with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD).

    Medications for Congenital Heart Disease: What Every Parent Should Know

    While this blog post has been reviewed by clinical experts, it does not substitute for personalized advice from your healthcare providers. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. Congenital heart disease is a daunting diagnosis for any parent. But, with the right treatment plan in place, your child…

  5. Half a Heart, A Whole Lot of Fatherly Love

    Three open heart surgeries and no cure. That was the uncertain future surrounding our son Theo’s life expectancy.  In March 2020, the Fetal Heart Center at Children’s Health Dallas determined Theo had Tricuspid Atresia and Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome, meaning he would be born with only half a heart. My wife Brooke and I were…

  6. Stay-at-Home Dad Rides the CHD Rollercoaster with Rainbow Baby

    Today, at two years old, my son Emerson is a mostly typical toddler. He wakes up each day in good spirits. His scars, his need for occasional medication, and certain limitations serve as reminders of his medical journey. And what a journey it’s been. Our rollercoaster began with devastating news during Emerson’s 20-week anatomy ultrasound….

  7. Conquering CHD Community: A Lifeline for Parents Ryan and Jillian

    Who do you turn to when you find out your happy and seemingly healthy two-month-old needs heart surgery? At our two-month well visit, my wife Jillian and I were stunned to hear our daughter Beckett needed to see a pediatric cardiologist. They’d found a heart murmur, and we soon learned Beckett was born with a…

  8. Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Congenital Heart Disease (CHD)

    This Guided Questions Tool will provide you with questions you never thought to ask your care team about Congenital Heart Disease (CHD). En Español / ACHD versions of this resource are 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

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