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COVID-19 To keep our children and communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to stay informed with updated research and medical insights.  Here’s what we know: Although more common in adults, children can also get the virus that causes COVID-19. Common symptoms may include fever, cough, runny nose, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of smell, …

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Graft Failure

Transplant Graft Failure When you receive a heart transplant, the new donor heart is called a “graft.” Transplanted hearts, or grafts, can develop heart failure over time. This may happen because of coronary artery disease due to chronic or recurrent rejection.


Hypertrophic Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is when your heart muscle becomes too thick. This makes it harder for the heart to relax or squeeze properly. The abnormal muscle can sometimes lead to life-threatening abnormal heart rhythms or arrhythmias. This condition can go undiagnosed because you can often live with it without showing any symptoms.


Myocarditis Myocarditis is when the wall of the heart muscle becomes inflamed, usually due to a viral infection. A severe case can keep your heart from working as it should.  Myocarditis has many causes: Viruses: Some of these viruses include common colds, including Influenza or Coronavirus. Bacteria: Some of these infections include “staph infections,” “strep …

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Cardiotoxicity Cardiotoxicity is when heart damage is caused by chemicals or medicines, like chemotherapy. When you receive chemotherapy, you are given medicines to kill cancer cells in your body. Sometimes these drugs also hurt the normal cells in and around your heart.

Causes Overview

Causes As we age, our hearts naturally lose some of their power to pump and fill properly. Some health conditions may cause this to happen sooner than it should. Let’s explore some of the most common causes of heart failure in children and young adults.  Congenital Heart Disease Cardiomyopathy Other Causes

Exercise Stress Test

Exercise Stress Test To see how much physical activity you can do and to check for arrhythmias during exercise, your doctor may ask you to walk up and down the hall, or exercise on a treadmill or bike. 

Cardiac Imaging

Cardiac Imaging X-rayCardiac CatheterizationCardiac Catherization Previous Next Chest X-rayChest X-rays can show your doctor if you have any fluid in your lungs that can be caused by heart failure. X-rays can also show changes to the size and shape of your heart.  Cardiac CatheterizationYour doctor may ask that you undergo a catheterization (or “cath”). A …

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