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What It’s Really Like Living With 3 Heart Conditions

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Getty image by Yuliya Nazaryan Back in November of 2011, when I went in to the hospital for a stress test because I was noticing shortness of breath and an irregular heartbeat, I ended up getting a cardiac catheterization. It was determined that I have non-ischemic cardiomyopathy, left bundle branch block and congestive heart failure. Whenever…

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What Are Heart Murmurs?

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Heart murmurs may signal a potentially serious health issue, but they’re often benign and require no treatment. HOW ALARMED SHOULD YOU be if your doctor says you have a heart murmur? Not very, absent additional tests that suggest a serious problem, says Dr. Mouin Abdallah, a cardiologist with the Cleveland Clinic. He’s also medical director of the…

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Things you should know about the limitations of EKG only testing

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We have all heard stories about kids that are seemingly in excellent health, collapsing suddenly, only to later learn it was caused by an unknown heart condition. What many parents don’t know is that most heart defects can be identified before something happens and most are treatable…..IF they get the proper tests. EKG’s, are a…

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Better options needed for children at higher risk of premature heart disease

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by American Heart Association Obesity and severe obesity in childhood and adolescence have been added to the list of conditions that put children and teens at increased risk for premature heart disease, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association published in the Association’s journal Circulation. The statement provides an overview of…

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Choosing the Right Heart Screening Program

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HomeAbout UsFrequently Asked Questions Choosing the Right Heart Screening Program Screening youth for heart conditions is becoming more common around the country. You may have already been approached by organizations that offer a variety of heart screening options, all with very convincing statistics. There are, however, major differences that you should be aware of, and…

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Pharmacogenetic Testing: Personalized Medicine

Pharmacogenetic testing involves testing a person’s genetics to find out how a certain drug would work in that person. Learn the pros and cons of this testing. Original Article by Kristen Stuppy, MD, FAAP I’ve recently seen increasing numbers of parents who want testing to decide which medication to use for their child’s condition before…

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AED Management Programs Save More

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It a fact automated external defibrillators (AEDs) save lives during a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) event. It’s thought that nearly 60% of SCAs are witnessed and the victim could benefit greatly if an AED was nearby. It is well known that most hospitals have several AED devices placed strategically throughout their facility with a well-managed…

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Repairing a Heart of Gold

Elliana Partin’s heart has a leaky tricuspid valve and enlarged right atrium called Ebstein anomaly.

Bolivar girl has rare Ebstein anomaly By Britta Winfrey brittaw@bolivarmonews.co: Jan 9, 2019 Student-athletes get tired during sports seasons, but volleyball season was alarmingly exhausting for one Bolivar player this year.  In October, Elliana Partin, 13, found out she will undergo her first of several necessary heart surgeries on Friday, March 8.  The eighth-grade student’s heart…

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New insight into what a mother gives to her baby in the womb besides genes

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Maternal contributions to the health of her child the focus of special Teratology Society journal issue RESTON, VIRGINIA–Beginning in the womb, a mother transmits a slew of molecules, microbes, and cells to her baby. New insight underscores the importance of their transmission in regulating the development of organs like the brain, heart and immune system.…

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Random Heart Test Helps Save Teen’s Life

It’s the sound every parent loves hearing. The sound of a healthy heartbeat. A screening on one De Soto teen athlete found something different and it saved her life. For many kids, sports is the heartbeat of their social life. But at that age, few students ever think about their actual heart. “I was a…

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