To know more about CHD, your doctor is your best resource since he/she knows your condition best.

* First, ask your doctor what your actual diagnosis is and what your actual treatment plan is. Your diagnosis/treatment should make sense to you as a patient. If it does not, ask your doctor to clarify until you do understand and agree.

* It is a fair question to ask why he/she thinks the diagnosis is CHD, instead of something else.

* Ask what all the treatment options are and what is recommended.

* If you have other health conditions, ask how CHD might interact with those other conditions, especially treatment and medication.

* Ask what you can do as a patient to help yourself manage CHD.

* Lastly, ask your doctor for an Information Prescription as described in this article - “Why Doctors Should Give All Patients an Information Prescription”. The Information Prescription should at least have your diagnosis, treatment plan, and maybe your other health condition(s) that might interact with your CHD. With this Information Prescription, you can then find information on your own and/or check with a Librarian, particularly a Medical Librarian to help you find good reliable information.


If you as a patient or caregiver are not satisfied, it might be good to get a second opinion.


Your doctor might not have the time, skill, and/or resources to answer all your day-to-day questions of how to manage CHD, however. The links below are provided as a start to learning how to manage your CHD on a daily basis. Be sure, however, to keep your doctor informed of your status on a regular basis.

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Below are some links that you might find interesting. If you have any questions, check with a healthcare professional, however.

The Heart Community - CHD Support (Facebook Group)

About Congenital Heart Defects | American Heart Association

What is Congenital Heart Disease (CHD)? (From Wikipedia)

Brain Injury in Newborns With Congenital Heart Disease

CHD Support Groups and Organizations for Heart Families

Congenital Heart Defects | American Heart Association

Congenital heart defects and critical CHDs - March of Dimes

Congenital Heart Disease - Health Encyclopedia - URMC

Congenital Heart Disease - Stanford Children's Health

Congenital heart disease (‎D)‎ - WHO | World Health Organization

Congenital Heart Disease | Congenital Heart Defects

Congenital Heart Disease | UCSF Fetal Treatment Center

Congenital heart disease in adults

Congenital Heart Disease Resources Brochure

Conquering CHD: CHD Support

Current Congenital Heart Defects Research Activities | CDC

Current research status on the psychological situation of parents of children with congenital heart disease

Emotional and Family Issues in Children with Heart Disease ...

Factors That May Lead to a Congenital Heart Defect (CHD ...

Get the Facts About Congenital Heart Disease | Children's ...

Heart Defects & Heart Disease Advocacy & Support Groups

Heart to Heart: CHD Resources for WA Families & Caregivers ...

How to Find CHD Support Groups Near Me - Conquering CHD

Learn about Congenital Heart Defects | CDC

Links to Other Congenital Heart Defects Resources | CDC

Living with a Congenital Heart Defect | CDC

Parents of children with congenital heart disease Sources of support

Self-help groups for patients with coronary heart disease as a resource for rehabilitation and secondary prevention-what is the evidence?

Support | Kids With Heart NACHD

Support Groups | Adult Congenital Heart Disease

The Heart Community Collection- A New Kind Of Bookstore

Use of Special Education Services among Children with Congenital Heart Defects

What are Congenital Heart Defects? | CDC

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To find more - You can copy and paste the following Search String into your favorite Internet Browser to find more information/resources. Click through the Browser Tabs to find ALL, IMAGES, NEWS, VIDEOS, SHOPPING, MAPS, and maybe even more.

(“congenital heart defect” OR CHD OR “congenital heart anomaly” OR “congenital heart disease”)

Your local library might be able to help you with other search terms and help you keep only the good reliable information from what you find. If in doubt, check with your doctor to find out whether the information/resources you find are right for you.

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You can also make Alerts to be delivered to your e-mail at Google Alerts and/or Talkwalker - notifying you of CHD topics of particular interest to you. Use the Search String above as a start, then add additional words to focus on your particular concerns, e.g.:

· ((“congenital heart defect” OR CHD OR “congenital heart anomaly” OR “congenital heart disease”) Wisconsin) – Of course, you can put in your own locality or any other word(s), e.g. children, infants, adults, parents, caregivers, etc.

· Experiment with search strings until you find them to your liking.

· You can have as many Email Alerts as you want to keep you informed.

· Reminder – please check with your doctor to make sure the information you found is right for you.

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As a Patient, YOU are the most important member of your Healthcare Team. With good medical healthcare, information, resources, and support you can learn to manage CHD in your life.


Disclaimer – Article is for information only and is not medical advice – Additional Disclaimers at TG Ideas LLC

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New Life, Same Love

Each new birth brings such joy to the family, one that can't fully be described in words. But what happens when that joy is followed by the terror of a scary diagnosis? In this moment, when all hope seems lost, we must remain calm and remember that we are not in control and that God has the same love for all of His children, just as we do, whether they are born with an illness, or born without. See, God so loved the world, and all of his creations that even when some seem flawed, they are beautiful in his sight and His love does not waiver. So today I pray, for all the families who have children born with any illness such as a congenital heart defect, that you do not lose hope and that in that hope you will find God's blessing and true love.


Jeremiah 29:11tells us, "For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, ' plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."


His love is everlasting. In it, may we be filled with hope.

By Lisa Colvil

Author of, Through the Beauty of Grace I Will



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This month's devotion hits a personal note for me. As a heart warrior, you may find that anger issues sometimes surface later in life. This, at least, is what happened for me.


Living with CHD affects people differently, and in many ways. As a heart parent, you may feel angry, confused or worried. You may have a plethora of other emotions that kick in at any given moment. For children - those living with a CHD - experience their own emotions in personal and different ways.


For a Long Time, I Did Not Understand



For a long time, I did not understand the struggle that was inside me. It wasn't until I found God that He blessed me with the wisdom and love to find purpose in my illness. He not only taught me that what I have learned could benefit me, but showed me that I could be a help to other people who are in similar situations.


Anger can be consuming. It almost destroyed my marriage, and my soul. When I let Jesus Christ into my heart, He helped me let go of my anger and then took me on an incredible journey.


So please, when you feel anger, take time to meditate in God's word and His way of life. It is then that you will find true peace within your heart with joy soon to follow. Spreading that joy onto others is precious and has a beautiful way of softening that angry heart.



Psalm 37.8


Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;

do not fret—it leads only to evil.


By Lisa Colvil, Author of

Through the Beauty of Grace I WILL


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