Kids With Heart NACHD

Providing support, education, and resources to those affected by congenital heart defects since 1985

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Almost everyone knows someone affected by congenital heart defects and many of them think they are the only ones. Would this be you or someone you love? You are not alone, we are here for you.

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It is our belief that education is power. Our goal is to provide you with the most complete resources available to make the decisions that are best for your "heart child" and your family.

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Donations come in many shapes and sizes, some without it costing you a dime! We are a non-profit, IRS registered, 501 C 3 Organization. Therefore, all donations are tax-deductible and we thank you for your support!

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Who Are We?

Steve CatoeStart counting... we're roughly 8 out of every 1,000 people (or 1 out of every 125, if you want a number you can get your head around.) We represent both genders and we are all ages. A million of us are adults, and about 800,000 of us are children.

We've made it through surgeries, hospital stays, infections, Endocarditis (infection of the heart), pacemakers, and heaven know what else. We've given gallons of blood, one vial at a time. We've fought back against tremendous odds. We've been so sick that we've scared the world's best doctors witless... and then amazed them even more when we've fought back.

We've celebrated our victories and we've mourned our losses. We know that most of those who came before us died, including 14 of the first 70 to have the Blalock-Taussig Shunt. We know that most of us shouldn't even be here and so we live every moment as if it is our last - because it could be.

We're Cardiac Kids and Heart Warriors. We have an amazing inner strength, but we are terribly fragile at the same time. We refer to our parents as Heart Dad and Heart Mom, and we use those titles as Badges of Honor. Why? Because they DESERVE them! They were the first ones to discover that a heart defect doesn't just break one heart, it breaks three.

We work, we play, we pay our taxes and we live our lives. We're in your community, in your church, in your school, in your office, and quite possibly in your home. We move a little slower, do some things a little differently, but we usually get along without causing a fuss.

We are people living with Congenital Heart Defects.

Steve Catoe
42 year old male with Tricuspid Atresia
South Carolina

Latest News

$50,000 pediatric device innovation grant awarded to Procyrion

In partnership with maxon precision motors, grant funds are being used to modify the adult Aortix device for use in children born with single ventricle heart defects.

Houston, Texas – Procyrion Inc., a medical device firm developing the first catheter-deployed circulatory assist device intended for long-term use in the treatment of chronic heart failure, has been awarded a $50,0...

Posted by on Sunday, July 20, 2014

SickKids-led study uncovers novel gene that causes rare congenital heart defect

TORONTO – Congenital heart defects (CHD) are the most common birth defect affecting one in 100 children worldwide. The cause of heart defects is understood in only about 20 per cent of cases, but the other 80 per cent remain unknown. In a novel study led by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), researchers offer insight into the cause of a subtype of congenital heart defects called a...

Posted by on Saturday, April 5, 2014

New Blood-Resistant Glue Mends Broken Hearts Without Sutures

How do you mend a broken heart? You’re operating on a heart and it’s got a tear in it. How do you seal it?

Sutures? Staples? These are the traditional answers, but they aren’t good ones. Both involve piercing tissue and creating holes, which is bad news for an organ that’s constantly moving, and vigorously pumping blood. Holes lead to clots. They also bleed.

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Posted by on Monday, January 27, 2014

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