About Heart and Circulation
Your child’s heartbeat can first be heard nine or ten weeks into pregnancy, but even before then it has begun its work. The beat should continue their entire lives, a steady rhythm as the heart pumps and circulates blood throughout the body. A small percentage of children are born with problems in the way their heart is constructed, known as a congenital heart defect. Some defects are minor and can be easily repaired, but more complex defects often require special procedures and attention. Conditions like high blood pressure and obesity can develop in childhood and cause heart issues throughout a child’s life. Because of these risks and others, cardiac researchers try to study and investigate ways to help children stay young at heart.
Neurodevelopmental Outcome in Congenital Heart Disease (CHD)
Are you the parent of a child ages 6-16 who has been diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD)? If so, your child may be eligible to participate in a study to help researchers understand brain development in children and adults with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD). Study involves an MRI scan of the brain, neurodevelopmental testing, and a small blood draw. Compensation provided.
Brain Development in Newborns with CHD
Are you the parent of a newborn (0-3 months old) with a diagnosis of congenital heart disease (CHD)? If so, your baby may be able to participate in a research study to help understand brain development in children with CHD. Study involves MRI scans of your baby’s brain and monitoring of your child’s development. Compensation provided.