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…
What Are the 4 Stages of Congestive Heart Failure?
Congestive heart disease (CHD) is a condition that occurs when the heart cannot pump a sufficient amount of blood throughout the body. Knowing what can cause CHD or congestive heart failure is vital, as a proactive approach to CHD awareness can help prevent this condition. The four stages of congestive heart failure range from being…
Five Tips For Coping With Holidays After the Loss of a Loved One
Here are some helpful tips for handling grief during the holiday season. Feel Your Emotions and Be Honest About How You Feel Everyone grieves differently and the holidays can be difficult for families after the loss of a loved one. Give yourself space to feel your emotions and be honest with yourself and others about…
Five Ways to Support Bereaved Family or Friends This Season
Here are some helpful tips for how to support those who are grieving during the holidays. Support Their Choices Everyone grieves differently and the holidays can be difficult for families and friends after a loss. They may choose to skip holiday gatherings, change traditions, travel, etc. Support them in their choices surrounding the holidays. Extend…
What Are the Chances of Having Another Child with Congenital Heart Disease?
Heart disease impacts children—but how common is it in families? Congenital heart disease and congenital heart defects can significantly alter a child’s life. Some people have minor cases, while others have severe ones. For parents, the diagnosis can come as quite a shock. As is the case with any medical condition, you might find yourself…
Volunteer Spotlight: Casey Fletcher
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead Volunteers are the heart of our organization, bringing their passion, empathy, and personal experience to all they do. Despite wading through the darkness of CHD, our volunteers bring light to…
Revisiting the Season of Gratitude
Even in times of darkness, gratitude can shine a light. As we celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s remember, despite the losses and struggles, what we have to be thankful for in this world: the ones we hold dear, the miracles great and small, and the chance of each new day. This week, revisit our gratitude blog series,…
50 Ways to Take a Break
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