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COVID19 and CHD resources

 

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ACTIVITIES

Be sure to check your local library’s website, they usually have free resources and programs!

Bored at home? Here's a massive list of museums, zoos and theme parks offering virtual tours: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/travel/a31784720/best-virtual-tour...

10 of the world’s best virtual museum and art gallery tours: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/mar/23/10-of-the-worlds-best-virtual-museum-and-art- gallery-tours

New item added Best of Ireland - The 7 Best Virtual Tours to Take in Ireland: 

Stay home save lives COVID19

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The World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 11, 2020 with Canada and provinces putting lockdowns in place shortly thereafter.  For 7 weeks now Canadians having been living through this COVID-19 pandemic.  We are all living with heightened emotions, living life day to day, not knowing what tomorrow or next week is going to look like, unable to make plans for the future.  We are all dealing with emotions such as fear and anxiety due to uncertainty and stress about jobs, school, financial wellbeing, health...

CHD Awareness Week in media

 

Jennifer Michaud - CCHA Board member shares her CHD story on the Marilyn Denis show.

https://www.marilyn.ca/Health/Articles/February2020/Filling-the-research-gap.

You can see her Heart and Stroke interview here

https://youtu.be/5CBy3zmjNAM

 

CTV2 London – Hearts of London/Middlesex chapter of CCHA with Chair Lisa Wright and Owen Gillet – Feb 11, 2020

Owen Gillet shares his CHD story of living with HLHS, diagnosed with a life-threatening congenital heart defect weeks before he was born, and he hopes his story of survival will help others.

The purpose of these transition recommendations is to support families understand the stages of Transition and support discussions with your CHD healthcare team.  Transition should be personalized for each individual, in accordance with their chronological age, developmental stage and abilities.  Active engagement in the transition process is vital for teens and young adults and families to prepare for a healthy life as an adult with CHD

Life Stages

Introduction to Health: Age 2-7 years old

Goal - Understanding their body

Transition preparation begins when your child is a toddler; coach them to...

Resources

Health Information Summary

It’s important that your teen carry a Health Summary record in some form at all times. It should include

  • name of cardiac condition and other medical conditions
  • previous cardiac surgeries/interventions and other surgeries
  • name of medications
  • allergies
  • need for endocarditis prophylaxis (Yes/No)
  • names and contact details of health providers (CHD and primary care)
  • other vital info (i.e. low HR, low O2 sat, no pulse in right arm)

What is normal for you and your CHD?

There are many options to achieve this.

Medical Alert bracelet - consider getting a Medic-Alert bracelet as they have 24 hour medical...

Take our survey

We want to hear from you!

We are looking for feedback from teens, young adults and adults and their families about their experiences - past or current in transitioning from pediatric to adult CHD care. 

Below is a link to a brief survey (5 min) to tell us about your experiences.  We wil use your feedback to create educational materials and resources.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Create your own user feedback survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5QQHRHY

 

 

Transitioning from pediatric to adult CHD care

Transition

Children pass many  milestones growing up, the first day of kindergarten, the liberty of becoming a licensed driver and -going-off-to-college or university, just to name a few. Parents give the necessary “talks” about responsibility, risk and behaviour. These transitions are thought of as rites of passage.

Prepping our youth for entry into adult health care should be no different than transitioning into college, university or into the workforce.  At some point, most individuals will assume responsibility for maintaining and managing their own health. There remains work to do to...

Read our stories of strength, perseverance and hope

Our Faces of CHD campaign from 2019 Heart Month https://www.cchaforlife.org/news/faces-chd

Sarah Trainor, via CBC (parent of CHD child)

John MacEachern (Discovering cardiac rehab at age 74)

Joe Bladek (Tetralogy of Fallot)

Anne-Marie Koeslag (Tricuspid atresia)

Emily Clarke (Transposition of the great arteries and tetralogy of Fallot)

Toby Marchegiano (complex congenital heart disease)

Shelagh Ross (Tetralogy of Fallot)

Mathew Moreira (Tricuspid artresia)

Carol Allan (Tetralogy of Fallot)

Angela Akerman (Complex congenital heart disease...

 

What is the Beat Retreat?

The Beat Retreat is a fun-filled, four-day weekend for adults with congenital heart disease. You’ll have an opportunity to participate in a mix of traditional camp activities – all geared to your physical ability and comfort level. Equally important, you’ll have an opportunity to make new friends and learn from the experiences of other CHD patients. You’ll also have an opportunity to chat with healthcare professionals in a relaxed and informal setting. In short, it’s a weekend of fun, friends, firsts, and great food.    

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