Our ACHA bloggers cover many topics relevant to the CHD community. 

COVID-19 and the Impact on ACHD Patients

by Christy Sillman on Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020

I can’t be the only person who wakes up every morning and thinks to myself, “Maybe it was just a bad dream? This can’t be real life!”

The SARS-CoV-2/novel coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis has completely upended our way of life. It’s all anyone is talking about. Where I live, in California, our entire state of 39.56 million people are now on a “stay at home” directive in an attempt to decrease the sharp upward curve of severe cases that could overwhelm our healthcare systems. Schools are closed, all businesses besides essential services are closed, and our legendarily clogged freeways are now actually functional.

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The Ones Who Care For Us Part 2

by Robert Grabel on Thursday, Mar 05, 2020

Back in March 2016, after my valve replacement surgery, I wrote a post for ACHA called The Ones Who Care For Us. I discussed the importance of being grateful for our loved ones who support us as individuals with congenital heart disease. A recent experience served as a powerful reminder of how important it is to appreciate the people that mean the most to us…

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Why Walk for 1 in 100 with ACHA in 2020?

by Jared Gould on Tuesday, Mar 03, 2020

In my last post in the series Pedaling the Pounds Off, I discussed how I managed to lose weight in Washington, D.C. through walking.

After successfully losing weight by biking, I worried that living in D.C. without my bike would make losing weight more difficult. I could diet in D.C., but it seemed walking would burn fewer calories than cycling. 

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Pedaling the Pounds Off: Walk it Off

by Jared Gould on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020

In the last segment of this series, It Takes a Long Time, I discussed that losing weight is not an overnight venture. Instead, it takes a long time to lose even the smallest amount of weight.

My experience is a perfect example: Though I was dieting and exercising consistently from the beginning of my second semester of freshman year through the end of my sophomore year of college, I could not break 240 pounds. As I approached summer vacation leading into junior year, I reflected on the progress I made the previous summer. If I dedicated all of my time to exercise and dieting and made tremendous progress during the previous summer, then there should be no reason to not break 240 pounds in the summer leading to junior year. But wow, was I wrong! 

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What Heart Month Means to Me

by Jennifer Rogers on Wednesday, Feb 05, 2020

It’s finally February, which means Heart Month is here! I don’t know about you, but this has to be one of my favorite months. It’s an exciting time of year, known for eating as much chocolate as possible and feeling mushy-gushy about our significant other. But, more importantly, it’s also a huge window of opportunity to educate ourselves and others how to keep our hearts healthy.

Let me ask you something: What does Heart Month mean to you? Really, please stop and think about it.

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Pedaling the Pounds Off: It Takes a Long Time

by Jared Gould on Monday, Jan 27, 2020

In my second post, I discussed what I called “The Learning Curve.” That is, cycling alone was not enough to continue to lose weight. Instead, my lifestyle had to change. I began to seriously consider what I was putting in my body.

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Pedaling the Pounds Off: The Learning Curve

by Jared Gould on Thursday, Dec 05, 2019

In my first post, I discussed my life struggle with weight. Going into my second semester of freshman year, I was nearly 300 pounds. Thinking I was on the verge of having a heart attack or developing diabetes, I made a decision to lose weight through cycling.

For an entire semester, I followed a strict routine. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I rode a hybrid fitness bike (seen in the first post) between 20-45 minutes and, on the weekends, I went on a two-hour ride with a friend. 

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An Inspiring Walk for 1 in 100 Experience

by Jennifer Rogers on Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019

I attended the first-ever Walk for 1 in 100 in Nashville, TN, back in September. I had the date marked on my calendar for months and was highly anticipating the event. I formed a team named “Heartstrong,” because I felt it best described who I am. I shared the event via Facebook and started my own fundraising page.

 

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