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CCHA: A Case to Support the Heart

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The Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance (CCHA) is the only national organization that supports and advocates for the over 257,000 children and adults in Canadian living with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD).

CHD is  the most common birth defect, affecting 1 in 100 babies born worldwide.  CHD is a general term for a range of birth defects that affect the normal way the heart works, and are present at birth. It requires lifelong, specialized care including many auxiliary needs and challenges such as; insurance, mental health, disability, financial planning...

75th Anniversary of 'blue baby' surgery

Today we celebrate 75 years since the first "blue baby" surgery by Alfred Blalock, with Helen Taussig and Vivien Thomas on November 29, 1944.

Picture of Dr. Alfred Blalock, Helen Taussig and Vivien Thomas

The child was 15-month-old, Eileen Saxon, the surgery was a success and she went home after 3 months.  Unfortunately her cynotic episodes returned and 2 days before her 2nd birthday, she underwent another operation, she passed away 5 days later.

Now known as the BT or BTT shunt, the surgery was a success and really the start of #CHD surgery.  We have come a long way since then, with an almost 95% survival rate into adulthood now. 

Between 1947 and...

#GivingTuesdayCA is December 3

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So, what IS Giving Tuesday anyway?  Giving Tuesday video

Giving Tuesday is a global movement dedicated to giving back. After the excitement of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, comes Giving Tuesday. Charities, Communities, Businesses and Individuals just like you have the opportunity to give back and make a big impact.

The season of giving is upon us, and what better way to spread some holiday cheer than to raise awareness for CHD (Congenital Heart Disease), the number one birth defect affecting Canadians of all ages.

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MP Marilyn Gladu recognizes February 14th as CHD Awareness Day in Statement in House of Commons

 

Thank you to Marilyn Gladu, MP for supporting Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) awareness in Canada and Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance.

By reading your statement in the House of Commons today and recognizing February 14th as Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) Awareness Day in Canada, you help increase awareness and advocacy for the more than 250,000 Canadians living with Congenital Heart Disease, many who require lifelong specialized care.

Marilyn Gladu is the MP for Sarnia-Lambton and serves as the Shadow Minister for Health in the Official Opposition

During 2019 Heart Awareness Month, we will be highlighting CHD stories of our members.

Our next Faces of CHD story is about Rita. You can read Rita's story below. For previous stories, see bottom of page.

Faces of CHD_ Rita              

Rita from Lethbridge, AB

Age: 49

CHD diagnosis:  Tetralogy of Fallot

I was born January 1970 in Lethbridge, AB.  Within one week I was diagnosed with a heart murmur, and by one month of age, referred to Dr. R. Sommerville in Calgary, AB. I was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot.  At around four months of age, I had my first surgery, by in Vancouver BC. In 1978, I went back to Vancouver for...

Invested Influenza ACHD trial

Study testing high-dose influenza vaccine in high-risk ACHD patients.

A North American INVESTED study will test the hypothesis that high dose trivalent influenza vaccine will reduce cardiopulmonary events to a greater extent than standard dose quadrivalent influenza vaccine in high-risk cardiovascular patients with a recent history of myocardial infarction or heart failure.  An ACHD sub-study will investigate the effects on ACHD population.

Eligibility Criteria

INVESTED eligibility criteria

Already received the influenza vaccine this year, you are not eligible to participate this year.  However, you can still contact the...

Here is a sneak peek at the upcoming collaborative article on medical treatment and care of adults with Congenital Heart Disease in Canada.  Thrilled to be part of this great collaborative research team lead by Dr. Jennifer Lapum at Ryerson University; and included Dr. Suzanne Fredericks also at Ryerson University, Barbara Bailey and Dr. Terrence Yau at Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, Dr. Ariane Marelli at McGill University Health Centre and our own Jennifer Graham at Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance. 

http://bit.ly/2PDQ6Xs

Looking forward to the full article to be published in journal Congenital...

CCHA Named Feature Charity of the Month

We are honoured to be named feature charity of the month by First Edition First Aid Training!

Thank you for recognizing our organization and the hard work we do to support children and adults in Canada living with congenital heart disease #CHD through education, research and advocacy.  Your recognition helps to shine a spotlight on Congenital Heart Disease and increase CHD awareness.

To read the full article visit:  http://bit.ly/2Km34Dm

Major milestone in the genetic research for CHD.

 

Toronto (September 20, 2018) – In a remarkable new genetic discovery, researchers at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, University Health Network (UHN), Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) have found strong evidence that rare DNA variations can lead to Tetralogy of Fallot (ToF).

Published in Genetics in Medicine, ...

To read the full article https://www.uhn.ca/corporate/News/PressReleases/Pages/pioneering_genome_...

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