"Just over 50 years ago, children with serious congenital heart disease (CHD) invariably suffered premature death or marked disability.
With the invention of the heart-lung machine by Gibbons and its expanded utilization by Kurklin, Lillehei, and other early congenital heart surgeons, the outlook for these young patients improved significantly. Progress in the treatment of children with CHD has continued to evolve to the point that currently, there are few congenital heart defects than cannot be treated with open-heart surgery, catheter based therapy, or medication.
These patients are now surviving into adulthood with the anticipation of leading healthy and productive lives. In fact, advances in the treatment of children with CHD have improved their life expectancy, such that nearly 90% of these children survive to adulthood."
Preparing Adolescents with Congenital Heart Disease for Transition to Adulthood
February 28, 2011
Frank W. Sellke, MD
In the past fiscal year, 2011-2012, the American Heart Association committed $14.8 million towards new research broadly related to children's heart disease.
Kids with Heart are local heart-survivors, serving as ambassadors for the American Heart Association. Through sharing their story and encouraging others to support Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart, they are helping the American Heart Association build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.