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Why it’s important to ask about your baby’s heart during an ultrasound

Why it’s important to ask about your baby’s heart during an ultrasound

by Jenny Fernandez, Boston Children’s Hospital –

Did you know that at least half of all babies born with a heart condition are not diagnosed during pregnancy? Heart defects can seriously impact a child’s health, but knowing ahead of time will allow you to find the right people who can help.

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Cardiac imaging during surgery may improve outcomes for children with congenital heart disease

Using cardiac imaging during heart surgery can detect serious residual holes in the heart that may occur when surgeons repair a child’s heart defect, and offers surgeons the opportunity to close those holes during the same operation. Pediatric cardiology experts say using this tool, called transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), during surgery may improve outcomes for children with congenital heart disease.

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Seasonal, Heart-Healthy Holiday Foods

Deck the halls, but don’t ditch your diet! Stay heart-healthy with seasonal, healthy foods.

For many, the holidays are the most wonderful — and least heart-healthy — time of the year.
Grandma’s fudge is a sentimental favorite, and the neighbor’s cake balls are a decadent habit. Indulging a little won’t hurt — but planning ahead will make for merry meals that are healthy too.

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12 Thirty-Minute Clean Eating Dinners Under 380 Calories

Cooking after a hard day at work can be a real chore! But, if you’re aiming to eat clean, you know that wholesome, minimally processed ingredients are the key to a good (and healthy) meal. Whether you plan to take our 10 day Clean Eating Challenge, or just want to make healthier meals in general,

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9 Foods to Avoid Before a Workout

by Kristina LaRue –

What to eat before working out is an important consideration for many active folks, but whatnot to eat is just as key for an awesome exercise sesh. Exercise requires a large volume of blood to be pumped to working muscles. Consequently, blood flow to the stomach is reduced during exercise.

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The Beginners Guide to Portion Sizes

by Lindsay Cotter –

Do you ever go out to eat or grab a quick snack at the store only to find out that the snack bag or chicken salad was actually three servings not one? It’s so frustrating. What is a recommended portion size when it comes to a meal or a food group?

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Dr. Klein on the AHA Open Your Heart Committee

Dr. Lisa Klein is a proud participant in the local American Heart Association Chapter on the Open Your Heart Committee of Go Red for Women.

The Open Your Heart Campaign funds research, education and advocacy efforts for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement.  Heart disease and stroke take 1 in 3 women’s lives.  
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High School Athletes and Heart Health

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All over the world, students are heading back to class and back to athletic courts and fields. In addition to dedicating themselves to their studies, our children are preparing to lay it all out on the volleyball court, the football field, the lacrosse field or wherever they play their preferred sport.

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12 Workout Myths That Just Need To Go Away

For every two fitness truths, there’s a lie, and sometimes it’s hard to determine which is which. (Especially when it’s something many of us have just assumed for as long as we can remember.) So, now presenting: Mythbusters, Fitness Edition. Letting go of these 12 fitness misconceptions will help you get better, faster, stronger,
Baby born with combination of heart defects tests family’s strength

Baby born with combination of heart defects tests family’s strength

Cari and Kyle Whalen were ready for their standard anatomy ultrasound around the 24th week of Cari’s pregnancy. They knew they were having a girl, so this was to be a routine check of the baby’s brain, spine, abdomen and heart.

But the result was anything but routine.

“The ultrasound technician noticed something,