heart healthy foodThe Importance of Heart-Healthy Lunches

Although the majority of children are born with ideal cardiovascular health, the American Heart Association states that about 91 percent of children in the U.S. have poor diets. Poor childhood nutrition can increase the risk factors for heart disease, the number one cause of death in the United States.

Fast food and pre-packaged meals are easy and cheap options, but can do harm when they are regularly eaten in place of more nutritious foods.

“Several studies show risk factors in children predict adult heart disease,” says Dr. Stuart Rowe, pediatric cardiologist at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.

By encouraging children to eat a balanced diet that avoids high-calorie, sugary or processed foods, parents can help kids adapt healthy habits to support their heart and as well as their overall health.

heart healthEarly Detection for High Cholesterol

High cholesterol levels can lead to cardiovascular disease, and new research indicates that a simple blood test can identify who’s at risk for elevated cholesterol. A study published by The New England Journal of Medicine reports that an additional blood test during routine childhood immunizations can help determine if a child is predisposed to developing high cholesterol.

Research shows that high cholesterol can be inherited, passed down from parents to children. Early detection is an important in helping to prevent against health problems, including cardiovascular disease, later in life.

“For kids who inherited high cholesterol from their family, diet and other lifestyle changes may only make a small difference. They may need a statin or other drug therapy – usually when they hit adolescence,” says Dr. Stuart Rowe, pediatric cardiologist at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.

SantaXmasPartyDec2015Breakfast with Santa

The Dell Children’s Regional Heart Center gathered on Saturday, December 12th, 2015 to host a “Breakfast with Santa” holiday party for patients and their families. Families had the opportunity to spend time with one another while their children made holiday crafts, danced, and took photos at a photo booth with fun holiday themed props. Santa himself stopped by to visit and make sure each child went home with their very own present. We wrapped up the beautiful morning celebration with a Stony Point High school “Tiger Dancers” drill team interactive holiday performance. We look forward to you joining us next year!

Heart WalkDCMC Team Raises $3500 at Annual Heart Walk

The American Heart Association hosted its annual Heart Walk at the Long Center in Austin, TX on Saturday, October 17th, 2015. The DCMC team raised over $3500 in fundraising efforts to donate towards the American Heart Association. Members of our Regional Heart Center team, “Got Heart” walked with families and patients, taking the time to share stories and make memories all in support of our communities children.

heart_screening_eventChampionship Hearts Event Draws 250 Young Athletes

The Regional Heart Center partnered with Championship Hearts Foundation to offer Dell Children’s Medical Center’s first free heart screening. A team of almost thirty Dell Children’s medical staff volunteered to help in the screening process of roughly 250 athletes ages 14 to 18 on Saturday, July 25, 2015.

Five cardiologists including Byron Holt, MD, Karen Wright, MD, Gregory Johnson, MD, Arnold Fenrich, MD and Daniel Shmorhun, MD were also on site to interpret these test results to assist in the prevention of sudden cardiac death. We want to thank everyone who volunteered their time in helping us be of a great service to our community athletes and their families!

Byron_HoltDr. Holt on Seton HealthLine

Dr. Byron Holt, the Chief of Cardiology, discussed pediatric cardiology on Seton HealthLine. Listen to the Podcast to hear what the Chief had to say.

Camp for AllCamp for All – Burton, Texas

Milagros support group in support with Dell Children’s Medical Center Regional Heart Center hosted its annual Congenital Heart Disease Camp at Camp for All in Burton, TX. Staff from the Regional Heart Center provided an educational skit for families of children we cared for titled, “A Day in the Life of CHD.” An interactive skit about a young girl, who recently had open heart surgery and the challenges she faces every day. Our staff put on their costumes and acted the part, providing laughs and education for families facing similar circumstances. They also spent the day handing out back packs of donated goodies from Dell Children’s Medical Center.

Hospital WeekHospital Week

Christine Dillingham, NP, Christina Hobby, CT, and Paula Bell, RN participating in Hospital Week at Dell Children’s Medical Center.

CHW 2015_0Congenital Heart Walk

The Regional Heart Center raised over $1,500 along with Dell Children’s donation of $3,500 towards the Congenital Heart Walk this year, an event that funds cutting edge research to advance current diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately the prevention of congenital heart defects in both children and adults. Our staff spent the day interacting with families, walking side by side with former patients, and participating in all the fun activities the Congenital Heart Walk has to offer.