Congenital heart disease, a birth defect that causes infants to be born with structural heart problems, is one of the most common types of birth defects in the world today. The defect can be so serious that it threatens or claims the life of the young child. No one really knows why some children are born with it, but after a recent study, published in the online version of the journal Nature, they are now one step closer.
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For middle school sweethearts, Gina and Matt Berrios, parenting is very different. They spend their days and nights hoping and praying for a miracle. They find strength in the little things. And as they watch their son, Maxwell, fight for his life, they are reminded that it’s those little things that make life worth living.
During their 20-week ultrasound, Jeffrey Holt and Gemma Moorby learned some devastating news; there was something wrong with their baby, Jasper. Problem was, no one really knew what was wrong.
Pregnant with her third child, Claire Ives was relaxing at home, listening to her son’s heartbeat with a handheld device. When she turned the device on, the thought, at first, she’d been using it wrong. But the London nurse would soon learn that what she was hearing was a serious condition that could have cost her son his life.
Like most expectant parents, Marie and Steven Hartley were excited about welcoming their child into the world. Born at 8 pounds, 5 ounces, their daughter, Caitlin, appeared the adorable epitome of health, but doctors would soon learn that this beautiful bundle of joy had a rare but serious heart condition.
In adults, high blood pressure can lead to serious heart complications. Lifestyle and diet changes are recommended to help bring high blood pressure back to a normal level. If that doesn’t work, medications are prescribed. But what happens when a child has high blood pressure?
When Albert Tansey’s heart started to fail, doctors looked outside the box to save the little boy’s life with a procedure that had only ever been performed on adults.
Trends over the recent years have indicated that women are waiting until later in life to conceive. Establishing their careers, wanting to be more established and financially secure are often reasons why some women push off having children. Unfortunately, a recent study indicated that there may be a higher risk of cardiovascular disease during pregnancy for women who wait until later in life to conceive their first child.
Little Hayley Stevenson was born with a blockage that prevented blood from moving from her heart to her lungs. Shortly after her birth, she received a life-saving operation. In October of 2009, about ten months later, she had a second surgery to repair the hole in her heart. According to her parents and the medical staff, the surgery was a success. Yet little Hayley died. What happened?