CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS

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A smiling Abby and her family

Heart Surgery Before and After Birth

After surgery, Abby was a new baby. She had more energy and strength, and her sweet personality really started to shine.

John and Spidey recover from open-heart surgery

Fear of Doctors Turns Into Trust

Sensing young John's anxiety, the doctor stood in the doorway and talked to him from there. At their fourth interaction, he finally allowed her to examine him.

Smiling Clayden recovers from his heart procedure

Less Than a Year Old and Two Major Heart Surgeries

Clayden was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, or HLHS, a severe congenital heart defect in which the left side of the heart is underdeveloped.

doctor listens to girl's heart as mother stands nearby

Your Child Has a Heart Murmur: What You Need To Know

In many cases, heart murmurs are not serious and do not affect a child’s health, but in rare cases, the heart murmur can be a sign of a serious condition.

Z with his mother

Quick Action Saves Life of Young Athlete with Congenital Heart Condition

The star athlete, called Z by his friends and family, collapsed in the locker room at the start of halftime.

Dr. James Strainic and baby Nadine

Heart Intervention for Unborn Baby Saves Her Life

Dr. Doaa was halfway through her pregnancy and living out of the country when her doctor told her and her husband that there was a serious problem with her baby’s heart and there was nothing they could do.

Abbey on the beach

Cardioverter Defibrillator Helps Teen with Arrhythmogenic Left Ventricular Dysplasia

After Abbey was diagnosed with arrhythmogenic left ventricular dysplasia, her care team – led by Dr. Chris Snyder and Dr. Walter Hoyt – determined the best course of action would be to implant a cardioverter defibrillator.

Contessa on horseback

How a Panic Attack Saved One Woman's Life

Contessa assumed she was having a panic attack when she felt her heart racing, but her upper extremity blood pressure came back in the upper 180s. Her condition was so severe that she was treated almost immediately in the cath lab at UH Rainbow.

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