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Abnormal Growth Regulation May Occur in Children With Heart Defects

CHOP Cardiology researchers analyze poor growth in children with congenital heart disease

Victoria Vetter, M.D. Receives Prestigious Award from the American Heart Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania

Dr. Vetter is the first female and first pediatric cardiologist to receive this award.

Coping Skills and Marital Satisfaction Help Pregnant Mothers Manage Stress of Prenatal Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Defects

Early detection of heart disease in fetus helps in planning care, but may increase maternal anxiety, depression

Erectile Dysfunction Drug May Benefit Children With Single Ventricle Heart Defects

Researchers from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia report that the erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil (Viagra®) significantly improved echocardiographic measures of heart function in children and young adult survivors of single ventricle heart disease palliation.

In Children Born with Severe Heart Defect, Surgical Management Has Little Effect on Neurodevelopmental Outcomes

In the largest multicenter clinical trial of children undergoing early-stage surgery for single ventricle heart defects, differences in intraoperative management did not significantly affect neurodevelopmental outcomes at 14 months of age. Instead, the strongest influences were innate patient characteristics and general medical morbidity during the child’s first year of life.

CHOP Clinicians Present Findings at Cardiology Conference

Physician-researchers from the Cardiac Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia presented new findings on pediatric cardiovascular disease at the American College of Cardiology’s 61st Annual Scientific Sessions in Chicago.

At Cardiology 2012 Conference, Experts in Pediatric Heart Disease Share the Latest Treatments and Hot Topics

Medical professionals from around the world gather in Orlando to present research updates, discuss patient management from fetus through adulthood.

The Cardiac Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Celebrates Nearly a Century of Giving Hope for Hearts during Heart Month 2012

Every year, more than a million children worldwide are born with congenital heart disease (CHD), and for over 90 years, physician-scientists at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have pioneered treatments for these children.

High School Students Teach Life-Saving Skills in Competition

Student Program for Olympic Resuscitation Training in Schools (SPORTS) study was conducted by CHOP in conjunction with the School District.

Later Delivery Improves Neurodevelopmental Outcomes for Babies With CHD

Researchers from CHOP's Cardiac Center found better neurodevelopmental outcomes in infants born at greater than 39 weeks compared to infants born at 36 to 38 weeks.

Screening Detects Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Children

A pilot study in healthy children and adolescents shows that it is feasible to screen for undiagnosed heart conditions that increase the risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

Sildenafil Improves Exercise Tolerance in Kids With CHD

Sildenafil, a drug used to treat erectile dysfunction and pulmonary hypertension, has another possible use—helping children and young adults with congenital heart disease to better tolerate exercise.

Survival Rates for Children With HLHS Are Improving

Researchers say in two-thirds of cases, reconstructive surgery affords the infant an excellent chance of early survival.

Cardiopulmonary Bypass Does Not Contribute to Loss of Neurocognitive Function

Children who undergo cardiopulmonary bypass during surgery for less complicated congenital heart defects do not appear to suffer any impairments in neurocognitive abilities.

CHOP First in Region to Implant Heart Valve Without Surgery

Minimally invasive procedure gives patients a non-surgical option in their ongoing treatment.

Newer Technique Yields Better Survival in First Year of Life

Largest clinical trial to compare surgical treatments for congenital heart disease.

First Common Gene Found for Congenital Heart Disease

Acting very early in development, tied to commonest birth defect.

Infant Heart Bypass Procedure Does Not Harm Later Neurodevelopment

Study reported at Society of Thoracic Surgeons annual meeting.


CHOP Heart Matters on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is National Organ Donor Day. Hear Destiny's Story on CBS3.

Fixing Hearts: No Operation Needed

Jonathan Rome, MD, was interviewed by WABC-TV New York, NY about the Melody valve.

Ryan Michael's Inspirational Story

Matthew Gillespie, MD, and the Michaels family were interviewed by Fox Philadelphia for a story on the Melody valve.

Hosts for Hospitals

Jilliann Kimble and her family were featured in this CBS3 story about Hosts for Hospitals.

Cardiovascular Business Magazine Features Cardiac Center

A story in the August 2010 issue of Cardiovascular Business features the Single Ventricle Survivorship Program at CHOP.

11-Month-Old Fights Hard While Waiting for a Heart

A local family is seeking the community’s assistance in raising funds to pay for heart-related surgery bills for an 11-month-old baby girl. Read her story in the Delaware County Daily Times.

Julie Brothers, MD, is Featured Woman of the Week at 95.7 BEN FM Radio

Julie Brothers, MD, director of the Lipid Heart Clinic, talks about childhood obesity with Marilyn Russell on 95.7 BEN FM radio.

Duct Busters, Surgical Team, Tends to the Smallest Patients

Mobile surgical team Duct Busters travels to Monmouth Medical Center to perform surgery on heart duct of 2-week-old Jaydon Tardif. Read the story in the Asbury Park Press (Jersey Shore).

CHOP's Annual Patient Prom

Cardiac transplant patients, Luke and Reilly, are featured in this CBS-3 Philadelphia story on the CHOP Prom. Watch the video.

Boy Continues to Beat the Odds

Six-year-old Luke Heflin uses smiles and good humor to wait for heart and lungs. Read his story in the Sentinel (Carlisle, PA). 

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