Healthcare Provider Understanding of CHD Coping Skills for Adolescent Patients and Their Parents

A recent study in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing evaluated and compared adolescent patients’ and their parents’ coping strategies and knowledge of congenital heart disease (CHD). While parents demonstrated significantly higher knowledge about CHD than their children, the authors noted that adolescents with CHD who adopt their illness as part of their lives using their own knowledge and task-oriented coping strategies demonstrate higher resilience. Both adolescents and parents who indicated a religious background scored higher on emotion-oriented coping than did those who did not report a religion. The authors concluded that it is essential for healthcare providers to understand how adolescent patients and their parents differ in coping with stress and the degree of their respective knowledge about CHD. Effective intervention plans for adolescent patients should be structured, continuous, and address both the patients’ and parents’ coping skills and knowledge of lifelong CHD care, according to the study.


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New Heart for Hunter

A young man Hunter Cain is waiting on a new heart.  Check out the website and think about helping.


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New, Free Mobile App Educates about Congenital Heart Defects


Cincinnati Children’s Hospital created a new, free mobile app, HeartPedia, that uses three-dimensional, anatomically correct images of the heart to help explain heart defects and repairs to patients and families. The app provides detailed descriptions of a particular defect and has animated videos that describe each defect and repair. Healthcare professionals can use the professionally animated app to switch between normal, defect, and repaired images of the heart, while parents can use it to help explain CHDs to loved ones and friends. App features allow users to zoom in/out and rotate images, view interior and outer planes/cross-sections of the heart, and turn on/off labels of key heart structures.


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Big News

Nick and Lacey are having a baby!!! We are all tickled.

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New Heart Screening Recommendations for People Age 12-25

In a joint scientific statement released last week, the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) recommended that healthcare professionals include a 14-point checklist when screening young people aged 12-25 for congenital and genetic heart defects. The statement, published simultaneously in the journals Circulation and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, noted that initial screening for heart disease using electrocardiograms (ECG) with this age group has not been shown to save lives and should not be mandatory among athletes and non-athletes. Making defibrillators available at athletic fields and public places could help prevent sudden death in the young due to complex, genetic/congenital cardiovascular disease.

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ACHA National Conference, September 5-7, 2014

The 2014 Adult Congenital Heart Association’s (ACHA) 7th National Conference, Translating Quality of Care into Quality of Life, offers the unique opportunity to unite the adult congenital heart community – patients, family members, researchers, and healthcare providers – in one location to share the best in adult congenital heart defect research and resources. This year’s conference is scheduled for September 5-7 in Chicago, Illinois. Registration is open and more information can be found on the ACHA Website.

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Transitioning to Adult Health Care: Practice Tools & New Website

The Center for Health Care Transition Improvement – Got Transition recently released The Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition (2.0), which define components of transition support and are based on the clinical report, “Supporting the Health Care Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood in the Medical Home“, developed by the AAP (led by the Council on Children with Disabilities), the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American College of Physicians. Three transition tool packages are available for: 1) practices serving youth who will transition out of pediatric care into adult care; 2) practices serving youth who will remain with the same provider but need to transition to adult-focused care; and 3) practices accepting new young adults into adult care. Each package includes sample tools that are customizable and available for download.

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Nick’s Wedding Pictures


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CDC Launches New Website on CHD


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a new Website on congenital heart defects (CHD). The new site provides information and resources for individuals, families, health professionals and others about CHD basics, screening, research and tracking, data and statistics, and specific types of heart defects. The Website features answers to common questions about CHDs, information about how the heart works, the latest CHD news and scientific articles, and an updated look and feel.


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Nick made the Emory Magazine

Emoryreaders Luncheon





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