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Kids With Heart, Facebook, and Giving Tuesday

November 27, 2017

This Tuesday, November 28th, Facebook and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are teaming up to match donations to non-profits world wide.  And with your help, Kids With Heart can be a part of this.  Any donations made to Kids With Heart after 8 AM on Tuesday, November 28th, will be matched dollar for dollar.  These donations are the primary source of funding for Kids With Heart.  A strictly volunteer ran non-profit, everything we do is done to help, to educate, to raise awareness, and to support.  Everything we do is funded by our supporters.  Supporters like you.  And for Tuesday, our supporters can include Facebook, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  All they ask is for you to take the first step, and donate.  And they'll take it with you.  Congenital Heart Defects are the most common form of birth defect.  Sadly, they also account for up to 50 percent of childhood deaths caused by birth defects.  Kids With Heart aims to help prevent that, by educating parents, providing support and networking, and raising awareness worldwide.  An international support group, with over 3000 registered members.  There are no registration fees, and our support services cost members nothing.  But for us to continue to be able to help, we, too, need help.  We need support of our own.  And that's where you come in.  Click the link below to find our fundraiser, and Donate to support Kids With Heart.  It doesn't take much.  Facebook is a large place.  Donate a dollar.  Share it with friends and family.  Encourage them to do the same.

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Kids With Heart Affiliations

November 25, 2017

Kids With Heart National Assn for Children's Heart Disorders, Inc. is an independent 501 C 3 organization on our own.It has come to our attention that there are other organizations that have been using the Kids With Heart name for support groups for families of kids with congenital heart defects. We are, in no way, affiliated with any other groups, nor have we given them permission to use our registered name. We are based out of Green Bay, WI, are international, but have no satellite branches.  Everything is handled through our central office.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me direct at michelle@kidswithheart.org or 1-800-538-5390. Thank you for your support!

How Black Licorice Can Make Your Heart Jump

November 4, 2017

If your heart skips a beat every time you think about treating yourself to black licorice — it may know something you don’t.

If you eat too much of it, your heart actually may skip a beat or two, or even more.

Though it happens rarely, black licorice can cause an irregular heartbeat in some people, says the Food and Drug Administration, and an excess may even cause serious harm.

The troublemaking stuff in black licorice

“Black licorice contains a compound that comes from licorice root that can lower your potassium levels. Lower potassium levels can cause those abnormal heart arrhythmias,” says registered dietitian Kate Patton from Cleveland Clinic’s Section of Preventive Cardiology.

FDA experts say black licorice contains the compound glycyrrhizin, which is the sweetening compound derived from the licorice root.

The compound can cause potassium levels in the body to decrease. When this happens, some people experience abnormal heart rhythms.

Decreased potassium can be dangerous

Others, especially those over 40 who have a history of heart disease and/or high blood pressure, may experience other potentially serious problems including a rise in blood pressure, lethargy and even congestive heart failure.

“If you already have heart disease or high blood pressure, then be a little more aware of how you’re feeling if you eat this kind of licorice,” says Ms. Patton. “Stop eating it if you think you notice any type of irregular heartbeats.”

Ms. Patton adds, however, that foods that advertise themselves as “licorice” or “licorice flavor” use anise oil, not true black licorice. Those foods will not put you at risk for arrhythmias.

How much is too much?

So how much is too much? The FDA says eating multiple 2-ounce bags of black licorice a day for at least two weeks is overdoing it. (That’s a lot of licorice.)

Ms. Patton says the phenomenon is rare, but if you do feel funny after eating black licorice and you’ve had heart trouble in the past, don’t hesitate to call your doctor.

“If you have any concern I would definitely call your doctor’s office right away and let them know. If it’s really severe then definitely I would go to the emergency room. It’s better to be safe than sorry.”

The good news is if you do happen to eat too much and begin to feel sick, Ms. Patton says potassium levels are usually restored with no permanent health problems.

Original article can be found at: Cleveland Clinic