Posts Tagged ‘congenital heart disease’

Little hearts, big potential

At OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, where I’m a pediatric resident, inspiration is everywhere. I have the pleasure of working with talented, dedicated physicians and nurses every day. Yet, it is often patients and their families, their endless hope and caring, that make me want to be better and do more. One afternoon not long ago, the mother of a patient in the OHSU Doernbecher cardiology clinic shared with me the story of her adorable son’s … Read More

Pulse oximetry screening helps detect critical congenital heart defects

In the United States, critical congenital heart defects affect about 4,800 newborns each year. Babies born with a critical congenital heart defect are at significant risk for death or disability if they are not diagnosed and treated soon after birth. But some babies may appear healthy at first and can be sent home with their families before the defect is detected. It has been estimated that at least 280 infants with an unrecognized critical congenital … Read More

From the Heart, part 1 in a series

I’m very excited to be able to share one of the most remarkable and inspiring stories of modern medicine. It’s the story of congenital heart disease. Let’s begin with a little background. Congenital heart disease refers to a problem with the way the heart is formed. Hearts can develop with holes between the chambers, small or fused valves, underdeveloped chambers, or abnormal connections between parts of the heart. It can get extremely complicated. It’s amazing … Read More

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