For individuals and parents of a child living with a congenital heart condition, self-advocacy skills are necessary to communicate with all their health care providers, manage their day to day activities and make effective use of community resources.
What is Self-Advocacy? Self-advocacy is when a person is able to speak up in order to communicate their needs. In medical settings, self-advocacy strategies are helpful to make sure you and/or your family are understood, that your needs are being met, and that you have understood the information and advice you've been given by your healthcare...
Congenital heart disease affects over 257,000 Canadians. Many experience mental health issues living with their CHD.
CCHA conducted a Mental Health survey* in October of 2020. We received 66 responses from across Canada.
88% of adults living with #CHD have experienced mental health challenges at some point.
75% of those living with CHD have discussed mental health concerns with a healthcare professional. Only 41% have been referred for mental health services by those same providers or another healthcare provider?
Giving Tuesday gives us the opportunity to raise CHD awareness. This year, we are reflecting back on some of our accomplishments, showing how your generous donations and support made all this possible.
December 12, 2020 Postion paper from the ESC working group of Adult Congenital Heart Disease and the International Society for Adult Congenital Heart Disease.published in Eurpoean Heart Journal. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurheartj/ehaa960
The paper discusses the broad impact of COVID-19 on ACHD patients, focusing specifically on pathophysiology, risk stratification for work, self-isolation, hospitalization, impact on pregnancy, psychosocial health, and longer-term implications for the provision of ACHD care.
Figure 1 illustrated the non-ACHD risk factors and as well as categorizes risk for ACHD...
The purpose of these transition recommendations is to support families understand the stages of Transition and support discussions with your CHD healthcare team. Transition should be personalized for each individual, in accordance with their chronological age, developmental stage and abilities. Active engagement in the transition process is vital for teens and young adults and families to prepare for a healthy life as an adult with CHD
Introduction to Health: Age 2-7 years old
Goal - Understanding their body
Transition preparation begins when your child is a toddler; coach them to...
Today we celebrate 75 years since the first "blue baby" surgery by Alfred Blalock, with Helen Taussig and Vivien Thomas on November 29, 1944.
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.