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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...

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

2019 Faces of CHD campaign

During Heart Month 2019, we highlighted CHD stories of our members from across Canada. Thank to everyone for their stories of strength, perseverance and hope and for sharing their experience with the community of CCHA and anyone who has been touched by Congenital Heart Disease.

 

Meaghan S' story  Meaghan S' Faces of CHD story  PDF iconDownload Meaghan S_Faces of CHD story.pdf (76.53 KB)

 

Rita F's story  Rita's Faces of CHD story  PDF iconDownload Rita F_Faces of CHD story.pdf (72.09 KB)

 

Michelle K's story Faces of CHD Michelle's story   PDF iconDownload Michelle K_Faces of CHD story.pdf (1.02 MB)

Amanda C's story CCHA Faces of CHD in Canada - Amanda  PDF iconDownload Amanda C_Faces of CHD story.pdf (837.88 KB)

Shelley C's...

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...

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Check out how congenital heart disease stacks up against better recognized diseases in Canada! So many affected and so little awareness and funding! Get involved with CCHA, donate, and spread the word about the growing population of of "survivors" so that we can get the care and support we need to live long, healthy lives!

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