Experience Journal: ‘Heart defects won’t keep me from reaching my goals’
Emily Ryan was born with coarctation of the aorta and a ventricular septal defect (VSD). But these congenital heart defects have never kept her down. Even though she’s had a pacemaker since age 4, she’s always led an extremely active lifestyle. Emily’s parents and her team of caregivers from the Heart Center at Boston Children’s Hospital have helped Emily understand her heart condition and have given her the confidence and encouragement to realize her full potential — both in the classroom and on the track. Now a competitive Division 1 athlete and outdoor leader in college,...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - June 20, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Ellen Greenlaw Tags: Our Patients’ Stories coarctation of the aorta congenital heart defect Experience Journal Heart Center ventricular septal defect Source Type: news
Case: Aneurysm of the Membranous Interventricular Septum Case: Aneurysm of the Membranous Interventricular Septum
Review the imaging findings and differential diagnosis in this case of a 19-year-old presenting with shortness of breath and a history of repaired ventricular septal defect.Applied Radiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Radiology Journal Article Source Type: news
7 medtech stories we missed this week: April 7, 2017
[Image from unsplash.com]New studies for umbilical cord allografts and tumor targeting were published this week while another company received European CE Marking. Here are some medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. AMNIOX touts new umbilical cord study AMNIOX Medical announced that it has published the results of 3 studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of umbilical cord tissue for treating chronic wounds, according to an April 7 press release. The company’s cryopreserved human umbilical cord tissue, NEOX Cord 1K was tested on 29 patients who needed a wound all...
Source: Mass Device - April 7, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Clinical Trials Radiosurgery Regulatory/Compliance Research & Development Spinal Wound Care Aesculap Implant Systems Amniox AngioDynamics Cianna Medical InVivo Therapeutics MedTech Nu-Med Occlutech Source Type: news
Occlutech Obtains European CE Mark for its Novel PmVSD Occluder
SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland, April 5, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Occlutech, a leading innovator of implants to treat structural heart disease, today announced that it has obtained European CE Mark approval for its Perimembranous Ventr... Devices, Cardiology, Regulatory Occlutech, PmVSD, Perimembranous Ventricular, Septal Defect Occluder (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - April 5, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news
Hands On Product Reviews January 2017
Improved Manikin Control Graphical user interface changed the way we interact with computers. Since the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984, all computers have become more intuitive and require less knowledge of computer code for the everyday user. Continuing the trend of easy use, the new SimPad Plus from Laerdal has increased the processor speed, improved WiFi connectivity and added a Bluetooth connection to increase the number of manikins the SimPad Plus can control. Running scenarios with manikins or standardized patients remains intuitive and allows the instructor to be in the room or in a vehicle throughout the sim...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 30, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Fran Hildwine, BS, NREMT-P Tags: Columns Equipment & Gear Source Type: news
Ventricular Septal Defect
Title: Ventricular Septal DefectCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 6/1/1998 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/9/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - September 9, 2016 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news
After three heart surgeries, baby Madison spreads smiles, strength and hope
It was just after midnight on an unseasonably warm Christmas Eve when Morre and Marcus stepped off the plane at Logan Airport. They carried precious cargo: their newborn daughter Madison needed emergency heart surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital. Madison was the couple’s first child. Like most expectant parents, Morre and Marcus were overwhelmed with joyous anticipation as the pregnancy progressed. They decorated their baby’s nursery and picked out a name: Madison, which means “gift from God.” But at Morre’s 20-week ultrasound, the couple’s joy was tempered by some troubling news...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - September 7, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Erin Horan Tags: Our Patients’ Stories CHD congenital heart disease Dr. Aditya Kaza Dr. Gerry Marx Heart Center Melody valve Source Type: news
Making heart surgery as simple as possible with MIS techniques
Tertiary care centers such as the Boston Children’s Hospital Heart Center have led the way in groundbreaking surgical innovations for years, pushing boundaries and correcting ever more complex abnormalities. But innovation is also making a difference when it comes to more “common” procedures. “We’re always trying to make the less complex procedures shorter and less invasive,” says Sitaram Emani, MD, director of the Complex Biventricular Repair Program at the Heart Center. “Making surgery and recovery less painful and disruptive for all of our patients is a priority.” Emani a...
Source: Mass Device - September 1, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Blog Vector Blog Source Type: news
The heart and the head: Meeting milestones after pediatric heart surgery
When their unborn son Silas was diagnosed with congenital heart disease at 22 weeks gestation, Montana and Michael Green knew he faced a long road. Though their primary concern was Silas’ health they also worried their son might face developmental delays, a common side effect following infant heart surgery. Silas was diagnosed with double-outlet right ventricle (DORV) , a complicated abnormality in which the pulmonary artery and the aorta — the heart’s two great arteries — both arise from the right ventricle. This disrupts the flow of oxygenated blood throughout the body. DORV is often associat...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 2, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Erin Horan Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program congenital heart disease DORV Heart Center Samantha Butler PhD Source Type: news
Double the joy, following heart-lung transplant
Nicole, left, and her twin sister Isabella Nearly six months following a heart-lung transplant, Nicole Kouri makes a triumphant return to school, alongside her twin sister Isabella. It was a pact she made with her Dad back in August of 2015, while her friends were lying by the pool, soaking up the final days of summer, and Nicole was lying in a bed at Boston Children’s Hospital. 14-year-old Nicole was born with a ventricular septal defect (VSD) — otherwise known as a hole in the heart — and pulmonary hypertension, a serious condition associated with VSD that makes it difficult for blood to flow properly t...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - June 27, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories cardiomyopathy double lung transplant Dr. Tajinder Singh Francis Fynn-Thompson heart transplant Heart transplant program hypertension Lung Transplant Program Mary Mullen Pediatric Transpl Source Type: news
#ThrowbackThursday 1965: Ten Years Since First Open Heart Operation
This article first appeared March 26, 1965 in the publication Mayovox. Development of Heart-Lung Bypass Made It Possible Ten years ago, on March 22, 1955, Dr. John Kirkin, working at Methodist Hospital, operated on a five year old girl who had a ventricular septal defect — a hole in the wall separating the two chambers [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - February 4, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news
Fixing your heart with light
Last year, cardiologists at Boston Children’s Hospital reported developing a groundbreaking adhesive patch for sealing holes in the heart. The patch guides the heart’s own tissue to grow over it, forming an organic bridge. Once the hole is sealed, the biodegradable patch dissolves, leaving no foreign material in the body. As revolutionary as this device was, it still had one major drawback: implanting the patch required highly invasive open-heart surgery. But that may be about to change. Researchers from the Wyss Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard’s John A. Pa...
Source: Mass Device - October 6, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Blog Vector Blog Source Type: news
Analyze This Image: A Congenital Conundrum?Analyze This Image: A Congenital Conundrum?
The patient has a ventricular septal defect, but what else is going on? theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - September 30, 2015 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology Case Challenge Source Type: news
Marissa’s story: “Esophageal atresia is never going to define me”
Marissa Waite lives in the smallest town in Massachusetts, but she has a big story to tell. When her mother Vicky was pregnant with Marissa 13 years ago, an ultrasound detected esophageal atresia (EA), a condition where the esophagus isn’t connected to the stomach. Vicky was admitted to Brigham and Women’s Hospital for the remainder of her pregnancy. “I’m a take-charge kind of person. When I was pregnant, I thought, ‘I’ll make all the decisions for my baby.’ But when complications arose, I realized I couldn’t make these kinds of decisions alone,” she says. At that point...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 13, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jenny Fernandez Tags: All posts Our patients’ stories esophageal atresia GERD Steven Fishman VSD Wayne Tworetzky Source Type: news
Alina’s story, Part I: Looking back on a heart transplant
Heart failure in children is a sneaky condition. The symptoms can be subtle, and the situation often worsens quite quickly. That was the case for Alina Siman. Though Alina, now 8, was born with congenital heart disease, her parents thought she had escaped the complications of her condition. Alina was born in Miami, Florida after a fetal echocardiogram diagnosed her with a coarctation of the aorta (a narrowing of the aorta) and a ventricular septal defect (a hole between the walls of the heart’s lower pumping chambers). She had surgery soon after she was born to correct her heart’s anatomy and fo...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 10, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Erin Horan Tags: Heart conditions Our patients’ stories Berlin heart congenital heart disease congestive heart failure Dr. Christina Vanderpluym Dr. Elizabeth Blume Dr. Kevin Daly Heart Center heart transplant VAD Source Type: news
Late ventricular septal defect due to blunt trauma - Soleimanpour H, Shams Vahdati S, Fakhree MB.
INTRODUCTION: This is very rare case report regarding late ventricular septal defect (VSD) following blunt trauma. CASE REPORT: A 23-year-old motorcycle rider lost control and crashed to another motorcycle. He was transferred to emergency department by eme... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - August 5, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news
Congenital heart disease is no match for this fighter
It’s a Saturday afternoon at Fist Fitness, a boxing gym in Westford, Mass. co-owned by Joe Bellone and Sean Eklund, nephew of the famous “Irish Micky Ward.” A patron enters, slightly tired from a morning 5K run, but ready for another solid workout. It’s been a few months since she’s trained at the gym, but she remembers all of the motions: left, right, 1-2-3, uppercut–she’s in the zone. Her trainer, Eklund, kneels down to get to her eye level. Twelve-year old Hayden is just under 54” tall. Hayden Schenck is not your average sixth grader. She has a zest for adventure, a love o...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - June 22, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Erin Horan Tags: Our patients’ stories congenital heart defect congenital heart disease Heart Center Source Type: news
Kristin’s story: From open heart surgery patient to child life specialist
There’s a saying: “Life’s roughest storms prove the strength in our anchors.” I have faced many storms in my life, and my anchors have grounded me with hope and strength. I was born with complex congenital heart disease. By the time I was 36 hours old, I had been diagnosed with an atrial septal defect (ASD), ventricular septal defect (VSD), double outlet right ventricle, left and right ventricles reversed, dextracardia, mitral valve regurgitation and pulmonary stenosis. For many, this sounds like a long laundry list of defects, but for me and my family it became everyday life. At 10 days old, ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - February 24, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Heart conditions Our patients’ stories congenital heart disease Heart Center Source Type: news
Acquired ventricular septal defect: a rare sequel of blunt chest trauma in a 7-year-old boy - Ogunkunle OO, Duru CO, Omokhodion SI, Adebayo BE.
Ventricular septal defect (VSD) is the most common congenital cardiac lesion encountered worldwide. Only very rarely is it acquired, and causation through blunt injury in a child is extremely rare. A previously healthy 7-year-old boy suffered blunt chest t... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - February 13, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news
Joey’s message of hope: Listen to your heart
Five minutes. That’s how long Joey Williams was expected to live – IF he made it to term, which his doctors were not expecting. His mother, Rebecca Williams, received the prognosis when she was 21 weeks pregnant. Prenatal testing had already revealed that Joey had Down syndrome and a significant type of congenital heart disease in which one of the sides of his heart was underdeveloped. His diagnoses included atrial septal defect and ventricular septal defect. When Rebecca heard the news of her son’s meager life expectancy, she was devastated. Yet she also felt a well of unconditional love grow ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - February 9, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Erin Horan Tags: Heart conditions Our patients’ stories Source Type: news
Blunt chest trauma resulting in both atrial and ventricular septal defects - Ortiz Y, Waldman AJ, Bott JN, Carlan SJ, Madruga M.
Cardiac septal defects are known complications to blunt chest trauma. The incidence of a traumatic isolated atrial septal defect is unknown and the concurrent occurrence of nonlethal ventricular and atrial septal defects has not been reported. A healthy ma... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - October 24, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news
Ventricular Septal Defect Therapeutics Clinical Trials Market Review...
This report provides elemental information and data relating to the clinical trials on...(PRWeb October 12, 2014)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/ventricular-septal-defect/clinical-trials-2014/prweb12239991.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - October 12, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news
A Parent’s View: The Importance of Children’s Hospitals
This story is written by Kerri Vatour and was originally published on the Children’s Hospital Association’s blog. The first time Boston Children’s Hospital saved my son’s life, he was 21 hours old. It wasn’t a surprise—Joey had been diagnosed in utero with both a ventricular septal defect (VSD), a hole between the right and left sides of his heart, and a duodenal stenosis, where a portion of the intestine is so constricted that very little can pass through, by doctors in the Advanced Fetal Care Center. Upon birth, it was obvious that the latter issue would take precedence, and Dr. Smithe...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 21, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: All posts Source Type: news
Ventricular Septal Defect
Title: Ventricular Septal DefectCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 6/1/1998 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/14/2014 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - January 14, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news
Hearts of two runners collide
By Tara Poulin “A runner must run with dreams in his heart,” said Emil Zatopek, Olympic long-distance runner, winner of 3 gold medals in the 1952 summer Olympics, and known for his brutally tough training methods. Kendal This statement was never more true than when considering the bond that has been formed between my daughter, who was born with congenital heart disease and kidney malformations, and a woman who runs in her name for each Boston Marathon, including during this past year’s tragedy. On October 13, 2003, three days after her birth at Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH), Kenda...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 12, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: All posts Heart conditions Our patients’ stories Heart Center our patients' stories Source Type: news
Decongestant sprays linked to rare birth defects
Conclusion This study suggests a possible link between phenylephrine and phenylpropanolamine – found in decongestant medicines – and an increased risk of three specific birth defects (endocardial cushion defect, ear defects, pyloric stenosis). Numerous other medications were tested but were not found to be associated with birth defects. However, the study performed many statistical comparisons looking for links with many different birth defects. These three defects were the ones where significant links were found, but it is possible that some of the results may be due to chance alone. The authors clearly recogn...
Source: NHS News Feed - July 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication Pregnancy/child Cancer Source Type: news
Our patients’ stories: saving “princess” Emily
By Paul Schuster Emily Our daughter Emily’s heart defect wasn’t discovered until she was nearly 3 years old. In hindsight, we now know that her numerous illnesses and bouts of pneumonia were a sign that something wasn’t right, but until her diagnosis, we never suspected anything serious. She always had plenty of liveliness and certainly kept us busy with her antics—dancing or singing or getting Daddy to play princess with her… again. By all counts, she was just our happy, energetic little girl. Then, during a routine doctor’s visit, a nurse said she heard a murmur in Emily’s ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - June 28, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: All posts Heart conditions Our patients’ stories ASD atrial septal defects Christopher Baird David Fulton Heart Center Jenna Murray our patients' stories Source Type: news