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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Adult congenital heart disease (ACHD), Aortic Valve Disease, Cardiac Catheterization, Heart, Ross Procedure

Nurse with ACHD cares for kids with congenital heart disease

When Ashley Eastman, R.N., has an appointment to monitor her adult congenital heart disease (ACHD), she simply leaves her desk, walks to the front desk, checks in, and waits to be called. As a nurse clinician for Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, she understands the journey of a child…

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Cardiac Catheterization, Childrens Hospital Foundation, CICU, Heart, PICU

Norton Children’s Hospital dedicates Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

The Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), part of Norton Children’s Heart Institute, was dedicated today at Norton Children’s Hospital. More than 125 donors, physicians, staff members, former patients and family members gathered to help celebrate the occasion. The CICU is a specialized unit for pediatric heart patients. With 17 private rooms, including three…

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Cardiac Catheterization, Cardiomyopathy, Ebstein Anomaly, Fontan Procedure, Glenn Procedure, Heart, Norton Childrens Hospital, Patient Stories, Ventricular Septal Defect

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 increase the risk of miscarriage. Audrey’s OB/GYN at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana, referred Audrey and her husband, Andrew,…

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Cardiac Catheterization, Heart, Norton Childrens Hospital, Patient Stories, Snow Ball, Teens, Tetralogy of Fallot

After five open heart surgeries, teen turns his attention to giving back

Evan Karr is an active 14-year-old who swims and likes to have fun with his friends. But underneath his brave exterior is a young man who was born with tetralogy of Fallot — a rare condition made up of four heart defects that cause the heart to pump oxygen-poor blood into the body. He is…

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Cardiac Catheterization, Heart, Norton Childrens Hospital

Norton Children’s pediatric heart program: ‘We have all that and more’

The Pediatric Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Program at Norton Children’s Heart Center offers children of Kentucky and Southern Indiana a place to turn for state-of-the-art treatment close to home. The comprehensive program is the only one of its kind in the state. It provides diagnostic services including genetic evaluation and cardiac catheterization. For children…

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