Archive for CHD Awareness Month

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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Hearts for Heroes

Hearthside Food Solutions is a food manufacturing company based out of Illinois, with locations in Grand Rapids, McComb, and Michigan City, Michigan, and also in Wilmar, Minnesota.  Procurement Analyst Donna Schultz was in charge of launching a fundraising campaign at the Grand Rapids Campus.  Donna knew her friend and coworker, Crystal, had a son born with […]

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One Heart: Parker S.

One Heart: Parker S.

      Parker was born in Texas in 2007. As her parents prepared to take her home from the hospital, the pediatrician told them they’d like to do an echocardiogram of Parker’s heart to follow-up on a heart murmur they had detected. Within hours, Parker’s parents learned that their newborn daughter had a very severe […]

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One Heart: Wyatt

One Heart:  Wyatt

    This handsome Heart Hero is Wyatt, from Elkhorn, Nebraska! Wyatt is eleven months old and born with several complex congenital heart defects (CCHD)- Atrioventricular Septal Defect (AVSD), Subaortic Stenosis, Left Ventricular Non-Compaction, and Complete Heart Block. He has also been diagnosed with Heterotaxy Syndrome (left atrial isomerism) with Polysplenia. AVSD is a malformation […]

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One Heart: Talia

One Heart: Talia

    Meet Talia! This five-year-old Heart Hero lives in Omaha, Nebraska and was born with Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS).  HRHS is a rare congenital heart defect in which the right side of the heart is underdeveloped, including the pulmonary valve, right ventricle, and tricuspid valve. Talia’s CHD was diagnosed in-utero and at 29 weeks […]

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One Heart: Xander

One Heart: Xander

  Xander was born on August 15, 2014 with several congenital heart defects. Xander lives in Jenison, Michigan and has Double Outlet Right Ventricle (DORV), Single Ventricle, and Pulmonary Stenosis.  When both the pulmonary artery and aorta arise from the right ventricle, it is called DORV.  In addition, Xander was born with only one ventricle […]

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One Heart: Heart Angel Chance

One Heart: Heart Angel Chance

    Chance Liem Karter Jean is a Heart Angel from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In his seven short weeks of life, he touched a lot of hearts and made a big impact within the CHD community. Chance was born with Aortic Stenosis and Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD).  The aorta takes oxygenated blood from the heart to […]

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