The World is Your Oyster: Heart Hero Zella Pearl

written by Tammy Denberg, Zella Pearl’s mother Our little miracle baby Zella Pearl was born on 11/20/15 weighing 8lbs 6oz.  She is our little miracle baby because first she is the only baby I have been able to carry to full term.  Lucas and I have battled with infertility for several years and at this […]

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A Mother’s Hero – Heart Hero Taye

written by Cori Bumgardner, Taye’s mother In August of 2013, at our 20-week ultrasound, the doctor told us our baby had a heart condition called Transposition of the Greater Arteries. This news was shocking and scary, as the doctor explained that our baby would need open-heart surgery as soon as he was born in order […]

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This is Her Year: Heart Hero Lorissa

written by Lorissa Roepke, Heart Hero I often ask myself, “What is the best thing to ever happen to me?”, “What is the worst thing that has ever happened to me?”. These two questions swarm my mind and I come up with so many different answers. I am preparing for when someone actually asks me […]

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Jackson – God Has Been Gracious

Jackson – God Has Been Gracious

  written by Chelsea Katelman, Jackson’s mother Jackson Andrew Katelman was born the morning of May 25, 2015. The birth went just as planned. The amount of love that you instantly feel for your little one is unexplainable. We were so blessed to be Jackson’s parents and welcome him into the world. As far as […]

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Beatz of Courage – Complete Atrioventricular Block

Beatz of Courage – Complete Atrioventricular Block

Beatz of Courage ~ Get CHD Informed Complete Atrioventricular Block (3rd-degree Heart Block) – A delay in the conduction of electrical nerve impulses that regulate the rhythmic pumping action of the heart.  Heart Block can occur congenitally or it can be acquired, from damage to the muscle or electrical system. Some CHDs can even cause Heart […]

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Beatz of Courage – Coarctation of the Aorta

Beatz of Courage – Coarctation of the Aorta

Beatz of Courage ~ Get CHD Informed Coarctation of the Aorta (COA) – The narrowing of the aorta between the upper and lower body branches. This causes a narrowing or even a blockage. Symptoms of COA are typically high blood pressure in the right arm and upper body with weak pulse in the lower body. Isolated […]

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Beatz of Courage – Atrial Septal Defect

Beatz of Courage – Atrial Septal Defect

Beatz of Courage ~ Get CHD Informed Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) –  A “hole” in the heart in the septum between the heart’s two upper chambers (atria). An ASD allows oxygenated blood to become mixed with unoxygenated blood. The oxygenated blood recirculates to the lungs without becoming further oxygenated. Most ASDs need to be closed by surgical repair, in […]

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Beatz of Courage – Aortic Valve Stenosis & Regurgitation

Beatz of Courage – Aortic Valve Stenosis & Regurgitation

Beatz of Courage ~ Get CHD Informed Aortic Valve Stenosis & Regurgitation (AVS) – The thin leaflets that make up the arotic valve are fused or are too thick, making it narrow and cause obstruction to blood flow out of the heart. This causes the heart to work harder to pump blood to the body. Congenital […]

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The Heart of a Fighter

  written by Ashley Gastelum-Calvo, Javi’s mother Javier Isait Reyes-Medina Jr. was born June 30, 2015 at 10:29 p.m. He was four pounds, 11 ounces and 18 inches long. He was my third, but my first with my fiancée, and the first boy in his family. So to say the least, we were very excited. […]

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