Brave Hearts

Brave Hearts connects families of children with congenital heart defects, provides resources to support their heart journeys and advocates through fundraising for future advancements in heart care at Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine.

Hospital Support

Facing a heart disease diagnosis can be overwhelming. Brave Hearts reaches out to families while they are in the hospital to let them know that they are not alone and to provide support.

Community

Brave Hearts connects families to others’ shared experiences through a variety of activities.

Giving Back

Brave Hearts families understand more than anyone how important it is to have advanced heart care close to home. That’s why we helped make the Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Norton Children’s Hospital possible with fundraising efforts through the Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation. Brave Hearts currently is raising money to establish an endowed chair in honor of Erle H. Austin III, M.D., whose work at Norton Children’s Hospital and the University of Louisville has saved hundreds of children’s lives over the years.

Connect With Brave Hearts

We understand the value of connecting with other families who have a shared experience. The community of Brave Hearts families is here for you, in both the Louisville and Bowling Green areas.

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Western Kentucky babies get state-of-the-art technology for detecting fetal heart anomalies

Doctors have a new way to detect heart and other conditions in Western Kentucky babies even before they’re born. Norton Children’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine, on the campus of Med Center Health, Bowling Green, Kentucky, recently installed […]

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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 […]

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Kids with MIS-C responding to treatments, but long-term outlook for coronavirus-related condition unclear

Kids with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) are recovering after treatments with anti-inflammatory drugs such as intravenous immunoglobulin and steroids, according to Brian J. Holland, M.D., chief of pediatric cardiology at Norton Children’s Heart […]

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Adult congenital heart disease: Growing up and growing old with ACHD

In 1940, children born with severe congenital heart disease (CHD) had less than a 10% chance of living to age 18. Over the years advanced new treatments, including surgeries, were developed. Survival rates improved: Children […]

Read Full Story

A Bowling Green girl is ready for kindergarten after complex heart care

Kara Ainsley is a registered nurse at a rehabilitation facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She can tell when things are going smoothly and when they aren’t. After a relatively uneventful pregnancy, she labored the morning […]

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Western Kentucky babies get state-of-the-art technology for detecting fetal heart anomalies

Doctors have a new way to detect heart and other conditions in Western Kentucky babies even before they’re born. Norton Children’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine, on the campus of Med Center Health, Bowling Green, Kentucky, recently installed […]

Read Full Story

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 […]

Read Full Story

Kids with MIS-C responding to treatments, but long-term outlook for coronavirus-related condition unclear

Kids with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) are recovering after treatments with anti-inflammatory drugs such as intravenous immunoglobulin and steroids, according to Brian J. Holland, M.D., chief of pediatric cardiology at Norton Children’s Heart […]

Read Full Story

Adult congenital heart disease: Growing up and growing old with ACHD

In 1940, children born with severe congenital heart disease (CHD) had less than a 10% chance of living to age 18. Over the years advanced new treatments, including surgeries, were developed. Survival rates improved: Children […]

Read Full Story

A Bowling Green girl is ready for kindergarten after complex heart care

Kara Ainsley is a registered nurse at a rehabilitation facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She can tell when things are going smoothly and when they aren’t. After a relatively uneventful pregnancy, she labored the morning […]

Read Full Story

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