Category Archives: How Hearts & Treatments Work

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Congenital Heart Defects

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Finding out your child has a congenital heart defect (CHD) brings up a lot of questions—What does this mean for my child? Will he get better? Does he need a transplant?

Answering these questions is part of my job, and I’m always happy to help families understand CHD. In addition to answering questions about their child’s CHD, I like to give families some little known facts.

Here are 6 facts about CHD that I like to share with patients and their families. Read More

Barb Roessner

Hi, I'm Barb, and I'm a Physician Assistant and coordinator of the Heart Failure and Transplant Program at Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. I work with patients and families at every step of the journey, from diagnosing their child's heart condition to my favorite part—calling them to say "We have a heart."

About Those Yearly Hospital Rankings: What Do They Mean?

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When your child is sick, you want to get her the best possible care. That’s especially true for serious conditions like congenital heart defects (CHD).

Most people have heard about the hospital rankings published in US News & World Report every year. Children’s was ranked as one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals in three categories, including cardiology and heart surgery.

But we also know that you might not understand exactly what these rankings mean. 
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Barb Roessner

Hi, I'm Barb, and I'm a Physician Assistant and coordinator of the Heart Failure and Transplant Program at Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. I work with patients and families at every step of the journey, from diagnosing their child's heart condition to my favorite part—calling them to say "We have a heart."

Who’s Who On Your Heart Kid’s Care Team

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As any parent of a heart kid knows, it takes a whole team of specialists to treat a child’s heart condition. Your child’s care team probably has many different specialists to provide care from diagnosis to treatment and beyond. Read More

Barb Roessner

Hi, I'm Barb, and I'm a Physician Assistant and coordinator of the Heart Failure and Transplant Program at Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. I work with patients and families at every step of the journey, from diagnosing their child's heart condition to my favorite part—calling them to say "We have a heart."