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  • 00:28

    Natural Medicine for Congenital Heart Defect Survivors

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    Is it safe to use nontraditional medicine with babies and children who were born with congenital heart defects? Do others in the heart community use nontraditional medicine? Why would a parent consider using complementary and alternative medicine with their children born with heart defects?


    Today's show will feature Carolyn Harrington, the owner of Maty's Healthy Products. Carolyn is the mother of Maty, a daughter who was born with a congenital heart defect and who has had several open-heart surgeries. Discover why Carolyn started Maty's Healthy Products and whether or not using complementary and alternative medicine might be an option for you or a loved one.  


    The information contained in our show is not intended to-constitute comprehensive professional medical services or treatment of any kind. The CONTENT SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS, OR TREATMENT. Our show should be considered as an educational service only.

  • 00:28

    Twins in the Congenital Heart Defect Community

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    Having twins is a very special occurrence since it doesn't happen all that often. What happens when you have twins but one, or both of them, have a congenital heart defect? How does that affect other children in the same family? Will you be able to breastfeed your twins? Today's guests can answer those questions since both are moms of heart-healthy children and children born with critical congenital heart defects. Tune in to hear Kathy Kolodzinski and Roxanne Montalvo-Tsai tell their stories about having twins in the congenital heart defect community.

  • 01:00

    Siblings in the Congenital Heart Defect Community

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    Having a chronically ill child in the family has an impact on the whole family, including healthy siblings. According to the World Facts and Statistics on Disabilities and Disability Issues, about 10% of the total world’s population, or roughly 650 million people, live with a disability. Since heart defects are the number one birth defect, millions of families are impacted by congenital heart defects. Families of chronically ill children frequently have healthy children who are often overlooked when the ill child is hospitalized. Children’s responses to having a chronically ill sibling vary depending on age, especially in relation to the age of chronically ill child. In some cases healthy children can develop anxiety, acting out behaviors and depression. In other cases, the healthy children seem to become more mature and compassionate than their peers without chronically ill siblings. This show will examine we can help healthy children cope when their sibling is hospitalized.

  • 00:57

    Congenital Heart Defect Advocacy

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    Congenital Heart Defect (or CHD) Awareness is an extremely important issue. Congenital heart defects (heart defects present at birth) are the #1 Birth Defect. While a commonly reported statistic is 1 in 100 babies are born with a heart defect, that statistic does NOT include the most common CHD – bicuspid aortic valve. In fact, that statistic does NOT include a number of CHDs. That means that more than 1 baby in 100 is born with a CHD. Congenital heart defects also kill more babies than any other birth defect. In the United States there are 40,000 babies born every year with a CHD. There will be one million babies born worldwide with a CHD and 100,000 of them will not live to see their 1st birthday. While these numbers are staggering, there are still many people who are unaware of the fact that babies can be born with CHDs. We must raise awareness to stress the importance of funding research to prevent future generations of children from dying and suffering from this birth defect.

  • 01:01

    Adult Congenital Heart Defect Survivors Finding Love

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    Two adult women born with complex congenital heart defects share stories about what it was like to grow up and find love in an uncertain world. As a bonus, one of the husbands will be on the show, too! Many parents of children with congenital heart defects wonder if their children will survive infancy and can only hope and pray they will someday be adults. Parents sometimes worry about whether or not anyone will want to spend the rest of their lives with a person who is capable of love but has a funky heart. This show will address some of the fears and concerns adults with heart defects have, but above all, we'll talk about the joy of finding one's true love regardless of being born with a heart defect.

  • 00:58

    Surviving the Teenage Years with a Congenital Heart Defect

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    Thanks to advances in medical science, 90% of the babies born today with a congenital heart defect or CHD will live to adulthood. That means 90% of today’s babies will someday be teenagers. For the first time ever, there are more adults alive with congenital heart defects than babies. What does this mean for our aging CHD population?


     


    Each of our Guests today was born with a critical CHD (CCHD). About 25% of CHDs are considered CCHDs. Children with CCHDs need surgery or other procedures within the first year of life. They are at risk for death or disability if their heart defect is not detected soon after birth. Some people with treated CCHD have few related health problems later in life. However, long-term effects of CCHD can include delayed development and reduced stamina during exercise.


     


    Today we’ll meet three adults CCHDs survivors: Monica Mossey, Tara McFadden and Jeni Busta. These ladies will share with us what their triumphs and challenges have been during their teenage years.

  • 00:57

    How Military Families Deal with Having a Child with a Congenital Heart Defect

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    Military families lead a very different life than civilian families do. Military families come from all walks of life and, when their children are diagnosed with heart defects, the challenges can vary according to location, branch of service, and of course separations that come at the most unexpected times. Despite these challenges, military families try their best to find ways to balance all aspects of their lives with a positive attitude. When a child is born to a military family and that child has birth defects, the one thing most families want is comfort -- and oftentimes comfort is found in what is familiar but many of our military families are not afforded that luxury. How do military families deal with having a child with a heart defect? What special challenges do they face? Who can help them through the difficulties associated with having a child who needs surgery in the first days or months of a baby's life and will require lifelong care?

  • 00:29

    In Utero Surgery for Babies with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

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    Now, more than ever before, parents are finding out in utero if their baby will be born with some kind of congenital birth defect. One potentially fatal congenital heart defect is hypoplastic left heart syndrome (or HLHS). According to Texas Children's Hospital, this occurs in about 1 in 6,000 live births when the fetus's left side of the heart does not develop normally. Boston Children's Hospital led the way for babies diagnosed in utero with HLHS by creating an in utero procedure to reduce the severity of HLHS or, in some cases, to prevent the critical congenital heart defect from actually occurring -- allowing the baby's heart to eventually work with four pumping chambers (instead of the 2 chambers so many HLHS babies have). Today's show will feature a couple who traveled to Boston when they discovered their unborn child would have HLHS. How dangerous was the surgery? How many surgeries did their son need? What is their son's prognosis? Listen to this show for answers to these questions and more!

  • 00:31

    "Heart to Heart with Anna" LIVE Week 3!

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    Anna needs a few weeks to find some great Guests for Season 5 but she thought she'd open up the phone lines and talk directly to her Listeners for the next few weeks to find out what people want to hear and who they'd like to have on the show. If you're interested in being on the show, call in! "Heart to Heart with Anna" will be LIVE at 11:00 USA Central Time. We'll talk about upcoming themes, some of the Guests Anna already has planned for the show OR whatever the callers want to talk about. The number to call in is: (646) 200-4809. Are you outside the USA? No problem! If you have a Skype account, you can call in with Skype! It takes a little preparation -- here's what you do:


    1) Sign up with BlogTalkRadio -- it's free and it's easy!


    2) When you get the email from BlogTalkRadio, confirm it


    3) You're ready to use Skype with BlogTalkRadio! Go to the BlogTalkRadio site, signin and then you can click on the Skype button. This will allow you to call into the show!

  • 00:33

    "Heart to Heart with Anna" LIVE Week 2!

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    Anna needs a few weeks to find some great Guests for Season 5 but she thought she'd open up the phone lines and talk directly to her Listeners for the next few weeks to find out what people want to hear and who they'd like to have on the show. If you're interested in being on the show, call in! "Heart to Heart with Anna" will be LIVE at 11:00 USA Central Time. We'll talk about upcoming themes, some of the Guests Anna already has planned for the show OR whatever the callers want to talk about. The number to call in is: (646) 200-4809. Are you outside the USA? No problem! If you have a Skype account, you can call in with Skype! It takes a little preparation -- here's what you do:


    1) Sign up with BlogTalkRadio -- it's free and it's easy!


    2) When you get the email from BlogTalkRadio, confirm it


    3) You're ready to use Skype with BlogTalkRadio! Go to the BlogTalkRadio site, signin and then you can click on the Skype button. This will allow you to call into the show!

  • 00:27

    "Heart to Heart with Anna" LIVE!

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    Anna needs a few weeks to find some great Guests for Season 5 but she thought she'd open up the phone lines and talk directly to her Listeners for the next few weeks to find out what people want to hear and who they'd like to have on the show. If you're interested in being on the show, call in! "Heart to Heart with Anna" will be LIVE at 11:00 USA Central Time. We'll talk about upcoming themes, some of the Guests Anna already has planned for the show OR whatever the callers want to talk about. The number to call in is: (646) 200-4809. Are you outside the USA? No problem! If you have a Skype account, you can call in with Skype! It takes a little preparation -- here's what you do:


    1) Sign up with BlogTalkRadio -- it's free and it's easy!


    2) When you get the email from BlogTalkRadio, confirm it


    3) You're ready to use Skype with BlogTalkRadio! Go to the BlogTalkRadio site, signin and then you can click on the Skype button. This will allow you to call into the show!


     

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