Outmanned, outgunned, and outlinked!

As an apology for missing yesterday’s post, here are some links for your reading pleasure! And we start with a huge one:

Heart operation takes place while the baby is still in the womb.  Wow! Just….wow!

Here’s an article about Paul Cardall, who wrote an item for our recent CHD Blog Carnival. Don’t forget the Living for Eden concert, planned for 7:30 PM local time, April 6, 2009, in Sandy, Utah. 100% of the money raised goes to Paul’s Heart Transplant Fund. If you can’t attend, the Living for Eden link has a Paypal button for donations and items up for bid in an auction.

Here’s an abstract of an article in the American Heart Journal: The researchers have extrapolated existing data to figure out how many Adult Congenital Heart Defect centers are needed in the US and Canada. I think the number of Adult Congenital cases they’ve determined is low. Also, there’s no agreement on where ACHD centers are needed. There are at least two in the San Francisco area, but none in Alaska, Hawaii, or the Dakotas, for example.

Using adult stem cells to repair damaged hearts is a possibility, but still needs work. The positive effects are localized and don’t seem to spread very far.

You know those health news segments that your local TV station broadcasts during the news? They’re a prepurchased package.


One Response to “Outmanned, outgunned, and outlinked!”

  1. Laurel Nelson Says:

    No CHD stuff in Alaska period – we have 3 pediatric cardiologists in the whole state. Lots of cardiologists and regular cardiac surgeons are here, but I only read of 1 who knows about ACHD survivors since his bio said he used to do peds. Other than that, I don’t think there’s anything. I asked my daughters Dr about it, and she said there still isn’t the population level here to support some of the specialized things that other states have – like a pediatric heart surgeon for example.

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