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Born with Heart Condition, Today Chris Avena Lives Life in the Fast Lane

Driving fast cars, roller coaster riding and skydiving and are not typical hobbies for patients born with a heart problem. However, for thrill-seekers like Chris Avena, a heart defect will always come second to a rush of adrenaline. Born at … Continue reading

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A Heart-Focused Visit to the White House

February is American Heart Awareness Month — a time when our nation comes together to prevent and reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease. Efforts range from very local initiatives — including the Heart Ball in Rochester that took place earlier … Continue reading

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Three-Year-Old Boy on the Road to Recovery from Heart Defect

At 3-months-old, Charlie Levin wasn’t thriving like a normal baby. He was losing weight, constantly vomiting and breathing rapidly. After a chest X-ray in his hometown of Buffalo revealed an enlarged heart, Charlie was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. … Continue reading

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Children’s Heart Center and Family Support Group Welcome Heart Patients to Picnic

Jennifer Tillou, pediatric social worker at Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center, helps families cope with stress and work through the difficult decisions that can come with having a child diagnosed with heart problems. Tillou also assists families from … Continue reading

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Recovery From Complicated Surgery Shows Teen has a Whole Lot of Heart

Tracey and Tim Sheehan had run out of options for their son, Ryan, who wasborn with a complex set of heart defects. His great arteries came from the wrong sides of the heart, his lower chambers were switched, there was … Continue reading

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