A fetal echocardiogram can detect heart issues early

Eight years ago, only about a third of babies who had heart surgery at Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville were diagnosed before birth.   Among those children were babies who had very serious, complex heart […]

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Quality children’s cardiology care from Ashland to Paducah

When a pediatrician suspects a child has a serious heart issue, the physician and parents want to understand the situation quickly with a speedy diagnosis. If families in Kentucky or Indiana had to drive to […]

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Collaborative heart care helps Indiana boy’s Ebstein anomaly

Audrey Sims’ first clue that her twins’ birth would be complicated came at 14 weeks of pregnancy, when a routine ultrasound found that one of her sons, Aiden, had a blocked lymph node, which can […]

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How does the heart beat?

How does your heart beat? Your heart beats because of the actions of a highly specialized electrical system. It listens in to what’s going on with you at the time and triggers the muscular walls […]

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Bahaaldin Alsoufi, M.D., brings congenital heart disease expertise to Louisville

Bahaaldin Alsoufi, M.D., says that the road to becoming a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon is a long one. He started his journey at 16, when he first vowed to become a heart surgeon. After earning his […]

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What is supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) in children?

Normal heartbeats can be slow when an individual is resting or asleep, fast when running, excited or upset, and somewhere in between at other times. Even at rest, young children have faster heartbeats than older […]

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Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) treatment includes steps to slow an abnormally fast heartbeat

Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) isn’t life-threatening for otherwise healthy children if they receive proper care. Infants and children with various types of other heart disease are most at risk of fast heartbeats due to SVT. SVT […]

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Genetic rarity: All 3 Byler children inherit the same cardiomyopathy heart defect

Elizabeth and Andrew Byler were devastated when their first child, Emily, was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. A few years later, they were shocked to discover their second child, Ethan, also had a heart […]

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Families of children with heart conditions get help and guidance finding their way through a new world

If your child has been diagnosed with a heart condition, this is no time to be on your own learning about the condition, worrying about the finances of treatment, coordinating appointments with specialists — the […]

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Valentine’s Day means celebrating hearts

Norton Children’s wants to celebrate the more than 5,000 kids we treat for heart conditions every year. Our staff delivered hats and hugs to heart patients in the “Just for Kids” Pediatric Critical Care Unit. […]

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What is an EKG?

An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a painless test used to record the heart’s electrical activity and possibly reveal issues with the heart’s rhythm, such as an arrhythmia or other signs of underlying heart trouble. […]

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A new heart and some new friends

During many of his 136 days at Norton Children’s Hospital to get a heart transplant, Bryson Justice watched construction workers do renovations. When he was ready to go home, he got a special sendoff from […]

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