Congenital Heart Disease

Welcome to the Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) page. Mayo Clinic has cared for child and adult patients living with CHD for more than 60 years. With extensive expertise in treating people with rare and common congenital heart defects, our medical specialists provide exactly the care you need.

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Dec 7, 2018

Follow-up Care for Atrial Septal Defect in Children

By Ethan McConkey, Moderator @ethanmcconkey
An atrial septal defect is a hole in between the top two chambers of the heart. Due to this, blood flows through the hole from the left atrium to the right atrium. As the blood mixes together in the right atrium, it overfills the right chambers of the heart [...]
Follow-up Care for Atrial Septal Defect in Children
Nov 21, 2018

"Heart Families" Organize Toy Drive for Hospital Families

By Ethan McConkey, Moderator @ethanmcconkey
A young congenital heart disease patient had his day made by Lindsay Rippy who brought toys to the hospital for him and his older brother, thanks to her organization "Heart Families" that delivers toys to child patients at Mayo Clinic hospital. In this In the Loop piece, Rippy's [...]
"Heart Families" Organize Toy Drive for Hospital Families
Nov 5, 2018

Childhood CHD survivor and Mayo patient becomes Mayo pediatric cardiologist fellow

By Ethan McConkey, Moderator @ethanmcconkey
Brandon Lane Phillips, M.D. was born with tetrology of Fallot. Treated at Mayo Clinic during college for a second TOF surgery, he now has completed a fellowship at Mayo in pediatric cardiology. In this article from Sharing Mayo Clinic, Dr. Phillips' tells his story and explains how his first-hand [...]
Childhood CHD survivor and Mayo patient becomes Mayo pediatric cardiologist fellow
Oct 25, 2018

Young gymnast reflects on heart surgery

By Ethan McConkey, Moderator @ethanmcconkey
Danikka is a seventh-grade gymnast. She recently had congenital heart surgery to repair Epstein's Anomaly. Danikka, and Dr. Joseph Dearani, her cardiac surgeon, sat down to discuss her surgery how she felt before, and how she feels now, after her surgery.  Watch their conversation here.  
Young gymnast reflects on heart surgery
Oct 10, 2018

Repaired tetraology of fallot, years later: A study by Heidi M. Connolly, MD

By Heidi M. Connolly, MD @heidimconn
Tetralogy of Fallot is the combination of four congenital heart abnormalities. Presenting at birth, the four defects affect the structure of the heart. The defects include the narrowing of the pulmonary valve (which separates the lower right chamber of the heart from the pulmonary artery), a hole in the [...]
Repaired tetraology of fallot, years later: A study by Heidi M. Connolly, MD

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