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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...

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

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_...

Organ donations help save lives.
 
“Every week 5 Canadians die while waiting for a transplant. Yet, a single donor can save up to 8 lives through their organs, and save or heal more than 100 lives through tissue donation.”
 
Click the link below for more details on how you can help change organ registration system and help save lives.
 
To register for organ donation or for more information, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/healthy-living/blood-organ-tissue-donation.html#a2 and select your...

Have you heard of the Great Canadian Giving Challenge? It is a national public contest to benefit any registered Canadian charity. Every $1 donated to a registered charity in June, automatically enters the charity to win an additional $10,000 donation. The grand prize draw is on Canada Day and one lucky charity will receive the grand prize of $10,000. 

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Did the Great Canadian Giving Challenge make a difference last year? In 2017, the third annual Great Canadian Giving Challenge, 77,785 Canadians participated, donating almost $10 million to over 10,000 charities, representing an...

 

AGM documents and attendance details are available on CCHA website.

Find info at https://www.cchaforlife.org/2018-agm

 

The Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance (CCHA) is looking for its next generation of leaders to fill critical volunteer positions on our national Board of Directors. This elected group supports the work of CCHA and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance.  We believe that a highly effective Board includes members from across Canada from many walks of life and that this diversity helps to best guide the overall strategic management and stewardship of the Foundation.  The CCHA’s Nominating Committee needs your help to identify Board candidates. We are looking for committed people...

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