Fetal Echocardiogram, Heart, News

Preparing for a baby with a heart condition

Imagine yourself in the shoes of an expectant couple visiting their OB/GYN for their 20-week pregnancy ultrasound. Thrilled to see tiny images of your baby on the screen, the mood changes as the ultrasound sonographer notices something abnormal. You go through a roller coaster of emotions as you learn the health of your baby is…

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Electrocardiogram, Fetal Echocardiogram, Heart, Tele-Echocardiogram

Quality children’s cardiology care close to home across Kentucky and Southern Indiana

Southern Indiana are getting the sophisticated pediatric heart care available at Norton Children’s without having to leave their hometown. Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, has an extensive network offering pediatric cardiology testing and follow-up care at 16 cardiology offices, 30 tele-echocardiography locations and six fetal echocardiography locations across Southern…

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Heart

High blood pressure in teens can lead to serious health issues later

About 1 in 7 U.S. teens have high blood pressure or elevated blood pressure  – conditions that often have no symptoms and can lead to serious heart issues as they grow into young adults. Obesity is more common among teens with high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Teens with high…

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Blalock-Taussig (BT) Shunt, Cardiac Catheterization, Heart, News

Norton Children’s Heart Institute’s Owensboro location treats children with heart defects close to home

Baylor Rusher was born in March 2021 with several heart defects — double-inlet left ventricle, great vessels transposition and stenosis of the pulmonary artery. It all started with a routine ultrasound. Chelsea Rusher, who was pregnant with her son, Baylor, was getting a 20-week anatomy scan. During the scan, the provider noticed a complication: It…

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Fontan Procedure, Glenn Procedure, Heart, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Norwood Procedure, Patient Stories

Born with half a heart, local boy may have biggest heart of all

It’s not a matter of how much heart you have, but how much heart you give. That is true for Johnathan Young. He was born with half of a working heart. Johnathan, age 11, is the youngest of Greg and Jill Young’s three children. When Jill had her 20-week pregnancy ultrasound, the clinician noticed something…

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Heart

Healthy blood pressure in children differs from adults

The commonly-known “goal” for healthy blood pressure in adults is 120/80, but this guideline does not apply to many children. “What is considered a healthy reading for adults could indicate an unhealthy blood pressure for some children,” said Jyothi M. Matta, M.D., pediatric cardiologist with Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of…

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Childrens Hospital Foundation, Foundation, Heart, Norton Childrens Hospital, Norton Childrens Medical Center

Send Valentine’s Day cheer to children at Norton Children’s facilities

Community members have an opportunity to send children who are patients at Norton Children’s facilities a Valentine’s Day greeting. The greetings can be selected at NortonChildrens.com/Valentine. From Feb. 1 to 10, 2022, people can choose from seven different Valentine’s Day cards with heartfelt messages on the front and fun kids’ activities on the back. The…

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Heart, Prevention & Wellness

How to prevent heart disease in children

In many cases, preventing heart disease in children can be accomplished with lifestyle changes. Preventable heart disease in children is increasing, likely tied to a widespread increase in childhood obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 5 children ages 6 to 19 is obese. Children in the U.S. typically…

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Heart

Study: Breastfeeding reduces risk of heart disease

A new study confirms that a patient who breastfeeds has a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke, or death from cardiovascular disease. New research suggests that the risk decreases with longer periods of breastfeeding, up to 12 months of duration. “We already know that patients who breastfeed have a lower risk of developing breast…

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Cardiomyopathy, Electrocardiogram, Heart, Norton Childrens Medical Group

Any teenager can have a heart attack, not just athletes

You occasionally hear about it on the news: A seemingly healthy child suddenly collapses or dies after cardiac arrest on the football field or basketball court, or during another sporting event. But any teenager can have a heart attack, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) now recommends screening all children, not just those involved…

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Heart, Patent Ductus Arteriosus

New technology is treating heart defects in premature babies

State-of-the-art technology is helping save the lives of some of Louisville’s youngest patients. Cardiologists are using a new device to help treat micro-preemies — babies born before the 28th week of pregnancy and/or weighing less than 2 pounds — who have a heart defect caused by part of the fetal structure that remains at birth. Joshua…

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Heart, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Child with brain injury achieving better movement with spasticity care

In October 2009, Clayton Fackler was “a pretty typical 3-year-old,” according to his mother, Susan Fackler. The family was outside playing when Clayton suddenly collapsed, going into cardiac arrest. From there, Clayton would begin a health journey that would include a brain injury that has caused a number of issues, including spasticity. Sudden collapse leads…

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