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Heart to Heart with Anna

Heart to Heart with Anna

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December 24th 2013:Snowflakes: How Each Heart Is Unique

Today’s episode is called “Snowflakes: How Each Heart is Unique.” The heart is an extremely complicated organ. The muscle on one side of the heart differs from the muscle on the other side of the heart. There are valves that open and close allowing blood to travel to different parts of the heart, to the body and/or to the lungs. The heart has its own unique electrical system. There are structures inside the heart separating different chambers from one another. In babies with congenital heart defects, something goes wrong and there are a lot of places where something can go wrong. We will disc

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Kristi Pena

Kristi Pena is currently a stay-at-home mom and caregiver to her youngest son Christopher. He was born in heart failure and given less than 6 months to live. He lived under hospice for 15 months until the discovery of a miraculous improvement. He has continued to do well despite the odds. Kristi volunteers for Barth Syndrome Foundation, The Children's Miracle Network Hospital Blair E Batson Hospital for Children, and several other various causes. She helps new families by sharing her knowledge in resources and advocacy. She has written for Complex Child e-Magazine and guest blogged. She has met with various politicians advocating for congenital heart defects and rare disease. Kristi'
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Cindy Weston

Cindy Weston, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNS-CC, FNP-BC began her nursing career in 1989 in the cardiovascular recovery room at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital/Texas Heart Institute in caring for infants, children and adults after cardiac surgery and transplantation. She completed her master’s degree in 1995 as a critical care clinical nurse specialist with a research focus on re-warming after cardiac surgery. In 1996 she received the Betty Baker Distinguished Professorship in Cardiovascular Nursing. In 2001, she obtained a post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner certification and moved to San Antonio in 2011 where her career has come full circle by returning to the care of infants and children with con
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Gerald R. Marx, MD

Gerald R. Marx, MD is a cardiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and is internationally recognized for his contributions to patient care and medical education. A devoted physician, he cares for children with the most complicated heart defects. He is the author of over 180 peer-reviewed publications, chapters of books, reviews and editorials. As teacher, he has lectured nationally and internationally, and has taught generations of cardiology fellows the art and science of echocardiography. Dr. Marx is especially renowned as a pioneer in 3-D imaging of congenital heart disease. Marx has also been a tireless volunteer for the American Heart Association (AHA). The AHA gave him the Paul Dudley
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