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Learning to prevent heart disease in children

Preventable heart disease is increasing among children. Parents can start now by making lifestyle changes for the whole family, according to a University of Louisville Physicians pediatric cardiologist. “The increase in preventable heart disease is largely believed to be due to a rise in childhood obesity,” said Lucinda T. Wright, M.D., pediatric cardiologist with UofL […] Read More »

Adapting adult heart procedures to help children with arrhythmias

Pediatric cardiologist Kelvin C. Lau, M.D., became interested in the electrical activity of the heart when he realized he could help children with irregular heartbeats, or arrhythmias. At Norton Children’s Hospital and University of Louisville Physicians, Dr. Lau has been adapting minimally invasive procedures that adult cardiologists first used to address adults’ arrhythmias. An arrhythmia […] Read More »

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Heart disease is increasing among children

Lucinda Wright, M.D., pediatric cardiologist with Norton Children’s Hospital and University of Louisville Physicians, answers some common questions about preventing heart disease in kids. Is preventable heart disease among children increasing? Why? Preventable heart disease (the type of heart disease that can be avoided with lifestyle changes) is increasing among children. This increase is largely […] Read More »


What causes fainting in children?

Fainting, or passing out, is a brief or sudden loss of consciousness. It can happen quickly and resolve quickly. Many older children and teenagers faint during childhood. While for many kids it may not be serious, fainting might be a sign that your child should see a heart doctor (cardiologist). Know what to look for so you can get the help your child […] Read More »

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Your child has a heart murmur. What does that mean?

A heart murmur is a sound made by the flow of blood through the heart when a doctor listens with a stethoscope. Many children have heart murmurs, which can vary as a child grows. If we were to listen to a child’s heart throughout their lifetime, we likely would hear a murmur in most children. […] Read More »

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Babies surviving with heart defects mean more adults need specialized care

Thanks to advances in medical care, more than 90 percent of babies born with congenital heart defects survive to adulthood. That makes for a new and growing number of patients: Adults with some type of heart defect that has been repaired but still needs follow-up care. A University of Louisville Physicians and Norton Children’s Hospital […] Read More »

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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 […] Read More »

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Former Norton Children’s Hospital NICU nurse and patient’s family share 30-year friendship

I’ve been proud to call Norton Healthcare my employer for 36 years. While I work in human resources now, I got my start as a staff nurse at Norton Children’s Hospital. I met so many special kids and families as a nurse. There are too many to count, but there is one I still think […] Read More »

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Two kids searching for new hearts find a special bond

He had struggled from the beginning. Dale Howser, now 11, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a serious defect that prevents the left side of the heart from developing or functioning properly. HLHS is a complicated diagnosis that often requires multiple surgeries, multiple medications and, in Dale’s case, a pacemaker. Like many of […] Read More »

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What is tetralogy of Fallot?

Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel used his opening monologue Monday night to give an emotional account of how his newborn son was diagnosed with tetralogy of Fallot. Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) is a congenital heart condition marked by four defects: a hole in the heart; the aorta lying over the hole; an obstruction from the heart to […] Read More »

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Dance Big Red raises more than $66K for care at Norton Children’s

Dance Big Red raised $66,553.91 for pediatric heart and cancer care at Norton Children’s Hospital with nearly 700 Western Kentucky University students participating in the 12-hour student-led fundraising event. “The outcome is overwhelming for the third year.  Our hearts are overflowing with so much joy,” stated Molly Ann Lessig, Dance Big Red Co-Chair. “The event […] Read More »

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Saving the coach’s daughter

This time of year Reinaldo Ruiz is typically focused on America’s pastime. The manager of the Bowling Green Hot Rods, a minor league affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, is preparing his team for another long baseball season. But this year Ruiz has something else on his mind: his daughter Renata. When Renata Ruiz was […] Read More »