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Adult Congenital Heart Survivor Hopes to Raise Awareness, Money for Research

Congenital Heart Walk in Jacksonville Set for Saturday, April 6 Melissa Hartman of Jacksonville hopes the upcoming Congenital Heart Walk raises awareness of not only congenital heart disease, but also how important it is for adults with CHD to have regular checkups with their adult congenital cardiologist. Melissa, 44, an…

Prenatal Diagnosis, Knowledge Help Couple Cope with Son’s Heart Condition

Samantha and Ryan Padgett’s baby was diagnosed prenatally with a congenital heart defect. Early diagnosis allowed them to plan for Grayson’s birth, giving him the best possible start in life. By Karen Thurston Chavez “That’s not what that’s supposed to look like.” That’s not a comment you…

Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery at UF Health Ranked Among Nation’s Top 25

The UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery Program was recognized among the nation’s Top 25 congenital heart centers, according to the 2012-2013 U.S. News’ Best Children’s Hospitals rankings released in June 2012. In Florida, the University of Florida Congenital Heart Center is the highest-ranked children’s heart…

Half A Heart

By April Frawley BirdwellOriginally published in The POST Caleb spent the first four months of his life at Shands at UF, but nurses and doctors made the experience a little easier for his family. In the photo, she smiles, cradling her newborn son in the crook of her arm.

Noninvasive Imaging Lab

Non-Invasive Lab Offers Leading-Edge Cardiac Imaging The UF Health Congenital Heart Center is accredited by ICAEL in transthoracic, transesophageal and fetal echocardiography. The requirements for ICAEL accreditation for pediatric centers like ours exceed the requirements for adult echocardiography labs and require both additional imaging and interpretation expertise because of unique pediatric scenarios.


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Learning your child has, or you have, a congenital heart condition is devastating; the diagnosis induces anxiety and fear and sets off a flurry of questions in your mind. No matter when the diagnosis occurs – whether in utero, at birth, in early childhood, or even…