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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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,…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Halloween Fun and Treats That aren’t Pumpkin Spice

    We’ve all had our fair share of scares, but Halloween brings a different kind of fright, plus fun for the whole family! Spooky Season is here, with all its tricks and treats. Check out these spine-tingling ideas for devilishly delicious drinks, creepy crafts, haunting home goods, and more! “Trick” Out Your Home There’s nothing like…