September 23, 2011
The Hopkins Family Heart Network hosts its 11th annual party for cardiology patients and their families, and Johns Hopkins cardiology faculty and staff, Oct. 2, at Oregon Ridge Park in Baltimore County. They gather for an afternoon of fun, with games and entertainment, as well as the opportunity to reunite and share experiences and expertise. Hopkins Family Heart Party
Established by a group of parents, The Hopkins Family Heart Network, assisted by the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at Hopkins Children’s, provides support and educational resources for patients and families. The network hosts educational seminars and supports an emergency services fund for families whose children are hospitalized.
Patients cared for in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology have benefitted from tremendous and ongoing progress made in the diagnosis and treatment of structural defects and many other conditions of the heart. Heart defects, such as tetralogy of Fallot and coarctation of the aorta, are the most common types of congenital defect, and each year 40,000 babies in the United States are born with them.
Considered the birthplace of American pediatric cardiology, Hopkins Children’s Division of Pediatric Cardiology specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of children with heart disease, providing full cardiac catheterization services; full cardiac surgery services, with support from pediatric ECMO (extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation); expertise in genetic cardiac diseases; non-invasive testing (echocardiography, including fetal testing, and magnetic resonance imaging); and evaluation and treatment of children and families with lipid disorders. Clinical staff includes 13 board-certified pediatric cardiologists and pediatric cardiac surgeons, who operate on more than 300 infants, children and adults with congenital heart disease every year.
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