Heart Conditions

Our journey with Alexander began when my wife, Erin, was 28 weeks into pregnancy. After three consecutive mornings of prenatal imaging, we learned that our son’s heart was in a problem zone. The first appointment was a routine ultrasound at › Continue Reading

My son, James Dickson, was born with tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart condition comprised of four heart defects which cause oxygen-poor blood to flow from the heart to the rest of the body. He was only eight months old when › Continue Reading

Liam was a smart, funny and outgoing three-year-old boy. He walked and talked early and was advanced for his age. He loved dinosaurs and could even tell you which ones ate meat and which one could fly. On June 4, › Continue Reading

When you receive the news that your child has congenital heart disease (CHD), it can be an overwhelming and stressful time. The majority of parents learn about the diagnosis while the mother is still pregnant, and typically when I see › Continue Reading

Last Summer I had the honor of being an older camper and camp counselor at Camp Joyful Hearts, a residential summer camp for kids and teens that have heart disease. It’s such an amazing camp and experience for these kids › Continue Reading

Twenty years ago my son was born with a heart condition called tetralogy of Fallot. When I found out I was shocked and had a million questions fluttering through my mind. Gabe has a congenital heart defect? Something is wrong › Continue Reading

The next big thing in imaging was recently used to help prepare our team for a rare and complex heart procedure. Over the last year, Cincinnati Children’s Heart Institute has been creating patient-specific 3-dimensional (3D) complex congenital heart disease models › Continue Reading

A couple of weekends ago, our family attended the 3rd annual Heart Institute Family Education Day at Cincinnati Children’s. We heard amazing speakers as we focused on the long term outcomes of children born with congenital heart defects (CHD). Our keynote › Continue Reading

You have probably never heard my son’s name, Max Page, but you might recognize him. He was the mini Darth Vader in the 2011 Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial. Soon after it was aired the commercial went viral and the media › Continue Reading

I see this scenario quite frequently in cardiology clinic. Generally speaking, about a quarter of my new patient visits complain of the following set of symptoms at their appointment:  chest pain lasting for several months, maybe 2-4 times a week, for less › Continue Reading

I am from a small town in eastern Oregon called Pendleton. When I was kid, I was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Duchenne causes a progressive loss of muscle strength and is found on the X-chromosome, so it affects mostly › Continue Reading

High cholesterol isn’t a problem limited to adulthood. In fact, it’s becoming more common in children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that among youths aged 12-19 years, 14% of kids who are normal weight and 43% of › Continue Reading

If you’re a parent of a child with a congenital heart defect (CHD), explaining your child’s condition to your friends and family members can be challenging. That’s why our Heart Institute created nine animated videos to help illustrate the defects. › Continue Reading

Like many of you, I’m looking forward to watching the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. I am particularly excited to watch Shaun White compete against the world’s other elite snowboarders in the halfpipe competition next week. Although it is › Continue Reading

Music has always been in my life, but it played a much bigger role before and after my heart transplant. After receiving a diagnosis of restrictive cardiomyopathy in 2010, I had to stop playing sports all together. At 17-years-old, this › Continue Reading

When you hear of someone celebrating a milestone, weddings, anniversaries and graduations probably come to mind. Today we celebrate a different kind of milestone: one year living with a Total Artificial Heart. One year ago today, Tiernee Gonzalez (pictured above, › Continue Reading

My son, Jordan (pictured top left), is a typical teenager: he has a messy room, forgets to take out the trash and acts silly. But he is also very loving, honest, and extremely athletic. At four, Jordan started playing basketball › Continue Reading

The functionality of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is complex.  It evaluates the heart rhythm and delivers an electric shock to the heart when it unexpectedly stops. It’s no wonder that an American Heart Association study revealed that only 15 › Continue Reading

It’s a story that we hear too often:  a student athlete shoots a game-winning shot and collapses during the celebration.  In many cases the underlying cause of that fatal collapse is sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) caused by an undiagnosed form › Continue Reading

This month we are sharing reader-submitted stories that reveal the true spirit of the holiday season. This is Hannah’s story as told by her mom, Libby. Every day when I look into the eyes of my happy, healthy six-year-old daughter Hannah, I › Continue Reading

Seven-year-old Lydia Butler’s medical journey began when she was five days old and her parents found out she had a heart murmur. Tests showed she had tricuspid atresia, a defect that blocked the blood flow from her heart to her › Continue Reading

This morning, Jason Williams of Peebles, OH, joined his doctors in a room full of news media representatives as they described the first-of-its-kind surgery that Jason agreed to at the beginning of September. He says it was as much for other Duchenne muscular dystrophy › Continue Reading

Doctors at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center held a press conference today to discuss the first surgery in the nation involving the implantation of a heart device in a patient living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). DMD is a genetic › Continue Reading

In August 2011, I was anxious, nervous, thrilled, worried and relieved all at the same time while walking into Cincinnati Children’s Heart Institute. Since the fall of 2008, I felt a strong need to know what my three children’s hearts › Continue Reading

Of the 600,000 American adults with congenital heart disease, fewer than 50,000 are believed to be treated by cardiologists trained to care for them. That’s largely because advances in pediatric heart surgery and cardiac care have increased the lifespan of › Continue Reading