Posts Categorized: Heart Institute

My Heart Journey

When I was just a few weeks old, I was diagnosed with aortic stenosis, an abnormal narrowing or tightening of a valve or blood vessel, and my parents were told that I needed to have heart surgery to correct it. Of course, this is not what any parent wants to hear, but the doctors at… Read more »

Mother and daughter share special bond

Life experience has a way of shaping us all in unique ways. For me, one of those experiences involves my heart. I was diagnosed at about a year old with an atrial septal defect (ASD), a congenital heart defect. In layman’s terms, I was born with a hole in my heart. Doctors consistently monitored my… Read more »

A Special Heart and an Extra Chromosome

Ethan’s story started when I was nine weeks pregnant. Ethan was our third baby, so we were excited to add to our growing family.  Our excitement changed rather quickly when the doctor said, “I need to tell you that your baby has something called a cystic hygroma.” He sent us to a specialist at Magee,… Read more »

Leadership Changes in the Heart Institute

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has announced the following leadership appointments in its Heart Institute and Division of Pediatric Cardiology. Jacqueline Kreutzer, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, is now appointed as Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology. Dr. Kreutzer is an internationally recognized leader in interventional… Read more »

Telemedicine Benefits Pediatric Patients in Colombia with Heart Disease

For the past eight years, children with complex congenital heart disease at Fundacion Cardiovascular de Colombia (FCV) have received a second set of eyes from telemedicine specialists at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. The program consists of teleconsultations between experts at Children’s Hospital and cardiologists, surgeons and intensivists of the FCV’s Cardiovascular Institute. Doctors… Read more »