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Heart to Heart with Anna

Heart to Heart with Anna

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December 10th 2013:Genetics in Congenital Heart Defect Community

Congenital heart defects, the #1 birth defect, affect at least 1 in 100 babies born throughout the world yet when asked what causes heart defects, most doctors have had to admit they don’t really know. Many doctors tell parents that their children’s heart defects are “flukes of nature.” Occasionally heart defects are linked to particular diseases mothers were exposed to while pregnant, drugs they took or common to a family, but most of the time, doctors have had no clue what has caused complex congenital heart defects . . . until now. Finally, thanks to the advent of new tests and dissatisfied

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Jennifer Reed

Jennifer Reed is the Coordinator at Mended Little Hearts of Dallas, Texas. Jennifer Reed is currently a senior at the University of Texas at Tyler and a special education instructional aide at Canton High School, in Canton, TX. She is a mother of two girls – Adeline, 5 years old and healthy, and Olivia, 18 months old with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, coarctation of aorta, bilateral superior vena cava, arthrogryposis, scoliosis, gatroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, reactive airway disease, chronic lung disease, and 22q11.2 distal deletion. Jennifer’s geneticist has been working hard with her to establish a genetic connection between her daughter’s heart defect and a genetic condition
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Dr. Angela Scheuerle

Dr. Angela Scheuerle is a Medical Geneticist: she fell in love with genetics as a sophomore in high school and never looked back. She received her bachelor's degree from Sewanee: The University of the South and her M.D. from the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Angela Scheuerle completed a Pediatric Residency in Cincinnati, and Genetics Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Her board certifications are in Pediatrics, Clinical Genetics, and Molecular Genetics. She also completed an Ethics Fellowship at the University of Chicago. Dr. Angela Scheuerle practices at Tesserae Genetics in Dallas, Texas and is adjunct faculty at University of Texas: Southwestern
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Ben Weisbuch

Ben Weisbuch suffered his first episode of sudden cardiac arrest or SCA on July 18, 2010. His wife Miranda saved his life. Ben spent five days in a coma and underwent heart surgery, but managed to walk out of the hospital under his own power. Over the next three years, Ben survived over 140 separate episodes of SCA. He came close to death several times, suffering sepsis, kidney and liver failure, and six heart surgeries. One night a rabbi prayed over Ben expecting him to die. Genetic testing and research helped save Ben’s life. It also reassured Ben and Miranda that their son would not have the gene that caused Ben’s SCA. Armed with this information Ben and Miranda were able to have more c
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Dr. Dudley Woodrow Benson

Dr. Benson, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Cardiac Research at Children’s Hospital of WI, Medical College of WI, attended medical and graduate school at Emory University. He obtained a PhD in Biomathematics and Biomedical Engineering at the University of NC-Chapel Hill and an MD from Duke University. Pediatric residency and cardiology fellowship were completed at Duke Medical Center. Early in his career, he pursued interests in cardiac electrophysiology and introduced this discipline to pediatric cardiology. In 1986, he became Director of Cardiology at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University. In mid-career, under the auspices of a NIH Senior Fellowship, he tr
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