A blog on recovering from Open Heart Surgery and living with Congenital Heart Disease as a young woman. Heart of a Zipper Sister shows what the surgery and recovery process is all about from the view of an otherwise healthy young adult
Lucas Walters was born with a heart defect found when he was 4 days old. Doctors told us he had VSD. He spent several weeks in heart failure before being sent to Children's Hospital in New Orleans for open heart surgery to make the repair when he was 3 months old. Lucas has recovered amazingly and is a healthy and happy 17 month old! Our family is very passionate about CHD awareness and we have a strong desire to support other families coping with CHD.
victoriousvocabulary: CARDIOLOGY [noun] (from Greek καρδίᾱ, kardiā, “heart”; and -λογία, -logia) a medical specialty dealing with disorders of the heart (specifically the human heart). The field includes diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease and electrophysiology. Physicians who specialise in this field of medicine are called cardiologists.
Congenital heart defects often go undetected. Even when the defect is harsh enough to require several open heart surgeries, some people don't realize there is a problem. Brylee <3 www.facebook.com/bryleesbravebattle <3 http://gfwd.at/13HoiOY
Congenital Heart Defect ~ A congenital heart defect is one that's present at birth. It could be a leaky heart valve, malformations in the walls that separate the heart chambers, or other heart problems. Some defects are not found until a person becomes an adult. Some need no treatment. Others require medicine or surgery. People with CHDs may have a higher risk of developing complications such as arrhythmias, heart failure, and heart valve infection, but there are ways to reduce this risk.