Congenital Heart Defects – Issues With Heart Structure #CHDAware

 

CHD is a problem with heart

Congenital heart defects are problems with the heart’s structure that are present at birth.

As we continue to celebrate Congenital Heart Defect awareness month. Did you know that congenital heart defects change the normal flow of blood through the heart.

Here is a drawing the Pediatric Cardiologist gave to us when he was showing us what exactly was wrong with my son’s heart.  He showed us what Jacob’s heart looks like with Tetraology of Fallot, and what it will look like after his total heart repair.

drawing of jacob's heart repair

So much wonderful research and treatments are being done to improve the life of children born with congenital heart defects to give them a better quality of life.

Here is a list of the Best Hospitals for Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery.

My son is a thriving 10 year old boy, who loves basketball, going on vacation, playing with friends and family, and loves music and dancing. He currently is still on beta blocker (Atenolol) for a maintenance purposes at this time.

Jacob climbing rock wall at Springhill Camp 2014

There are a lot of inspiring stories of children born with CHD, and when diagnosed early have wonderful, fulfilling lives!  They truly our our Heart Hero.

Do you have a “Heart Hero” you want celebrate? Share with us in the in comments.

About Marla Murasko
I'm a proud Mom, Special Needs Mommy Blogger, passionate Health Advocate, Social Media Influencer, Publisher & Author. I am passionate about spreading awareness and acceptance for children with special needs, and to compel others to show compassion for their families who love them. In this blog I give you a window into the beauty of Down Syndrome, celebrate my son's accomplishments and struggles, and share the joys of motherhood and our everyday lives as a typical family with a little something "extra". My son is truly my greatest gift. He has changed my life and has made me a better person. People like my son are making an impact on society one smile at a time!

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