How to ensure all babies born in Wisconsin are screened for congenital heart defects

One out of every 100 infants born in the United States has a congenital (present at birth) heart defect — a problem that occurred as the baby’s heart was developing during pregnancy. Congenital heart defects are the most commonly occurring birth defect, and …Click here to continue reading

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s Project ADAM celebrates 62 lives saved

Project ADAM logoOctober is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory) announced this month that 62 lives have been saved since the program was founded in 1999.

Project ADAM is a Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin program that helps schools throughout the nation prepare for and respond to cardiac emergencies. The program was …Click here to continue reading

Heart awareness for newborns: Learn how a simple screen can save a life!

February is heart awareness month, a time when we encourage adults to reflect and make changes in their lives for healthier hearts. This is also a good time to raise awareness of congenital heart disease (CHD) and children who start their lives with heart conditions.

CHD is the most common birth defect, and it is present in eight of out of every 1,000 births. Some forms of CHD cause few problems in health, growth and development. Other …Click here to continue reading

Quick thinking teachers save a child’s life

Recently there was a segment on the TODAY show about a young girl in Texas who was saved by the quick thinking of her teachers and the automated external defibrillator (AED) in the school. I encourage you to watch this interview with her parents about the rescue, caught on camera. …Continue reading this post

To act or not to act? There should be no question

I’m proud to say I’m the father of three athletes. I’m lucky to say that none of my children have fallen victim to sudden cardiac arrest. But, what if this did happen? What if I wasn’t there? Would someone know how to help?

In addition to my role as dad, I also am a cardiologist at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. One of the programs we offer is Project ADAM, an initiative that helps schools recognize …Click here to continue reading