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  1. Psychological Aspects of Living with Congenital Heart Disease

    Prepared by: Adrienne H. Kovacs, Judith Brouillette, Patricia Ibeziako, Jamie L. Jackson, Nadine A. Kasparian, Yuli Y. Kim, Tracy Livecchi, Christina Sillman, and Lazaros K. Kochilas The authors of the following 2022 Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association have prepared this document. The authors, two of whom have congenital heart disease, represent psychology, psychiatry,…

  2. The Uncertainty of Living with CHD

    CHD comes with many unknowns. As patients reach adulthood, things only get a little more gray. It can take a lot to balance between dealing with a chronic illness and living your life. In this week’s blog, one patient shares how the uncertainty of her condition impacts her outlook. By the time I was a…

  3. How is a Congenital Heart Defect Diagnosed?

    Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect amongst newborns. Sometimes it is found during pregnancy, but other times the diagnosis doesn’t come until after the child is born. There’s a lot of testing that can help diagnose this condition, as well, and there are some other factors that can help confirm the…

  4. Living With a Child With Congenital Heart Disease

    There are many challenges parents face. Those challenges get even more daunting for parents of children with congenital heart disease (CHD). This is the most common type of birth defect, affecting nearly eight out of every 1,000 newborns. The first year is particularly harrowing, as those with critical defects have to endure surgery or other…

  5. The People That Change Our Lives

    So much changes as we grow up – TV shows, the clothes, even sometimes our friends. But one thing is for sure, as the years go by, the quality of life for those impacted by CHD improves. As patients and families, we have more support than ever and more opportunities to connect. Though we may…

  6. Habilidades de Afrontamiento “en el Momento”

    Cuando estás estresado, ansioso, enojado, herido, molesto o necesitas un descanso. PDF imprimible de este recurso disponible aquiVea este recurso en inglés aquí Practique la respiración 4-7-8 Inhale mientras cuenta hasta 4, sostenga mientras cuenta hasta 7 y exhale mientras cuenta hasta 8 Tensa y relaja alternativamente tu cuerpo Descanse la cabeza sobre una mesa o escritorio…

  7. “In the Moment” Coping Skills

    Try these tips when you’re stressed, anxious, mad, hurt, upset, or need a break. Printable PDF of this resource available hereView this resource En Español Practice 4-7-8 breathing Breath in for a count of 4, hold for a count of 7, and breathe out for a count of 8 Alternately tense and relax your body Rest your…

  8. Herramientas Para Mantener Tu Salud Mental

    La salud mental ES salud. Incluye su emocional, psicológico, y bienestar social e impacta en cómo piensas, sientes, actúas y te relacionas con los demás. Las herramientas a continuación pueden desempeñar un papel importante en el mantenimiento de una salud mental positiva y apoyar el tratamiento y la recuperación de la salud mental si tiene…

  9. Tools For Maintaining Your Mental Health

    Mental health IS health. It includes your emotional, psychological, and social well-being and impacts how you think, feel, act, and relate to others. These tools can play an important role in maintaining positive mental health and support mental health treatment and recovery if you have a mental health condition. Printable PDF of this resource available hereView…

  10. ¿Tendré Que Parar Los Pensamientos Angustiosos? Trata Este Ejercicio Para Reconectarte Con la Tierra

    La conexión a tierra es una técnica que puede usar para alejarse de los flashbacks, los recuerdos no deseados o los sentimientos negativos o desafiantes. Puede ayudar a distraerte y volver a concentrarte en el presente. PDF imprimible de este recurso disponible aqui Vea este recurso en inglés aquí Nombra 5 cosas que puedes escuchar como: Nombra…