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The Heart of a Child: What Families Need to Know about Heart Disorders in Children (Johns Hopkins Press Health Book) [Paperback]

by Catherine A. Neill, Edward B. Clark, Carleen Clark
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

May 23, 2001 0801866367 978-0801866364 2nd

Written for parents whose child has a heart disorder, this book provides up-to-date and reliable information from medical experts on children's heart problems. The first edition of The Heart of a Child was widely praised for helping families understand and cope with heart disorders, and many support organizations and websites now recommend this book as "must have" for families. Reflecting changes in treatment and new knowledge about genetics, as well as changes in the system for health care delivery, the text and illustrations have been thoroughly updated with the latest developments in understanding and treating heart problems in children.

The second edition includes:

• New and updated information on the genetics of heart defects, including syndromes associated with heart defects

• Descriptions of new approaches to treatment, including surgery and medication

• Advice on how to deal with managed care

• Information about advances in prenatal care

• Updated list of websites, references, and resources for families

• A note to grandparents

Written by experts in pediatric cardiology from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and the University of Utah Medical Center, this new edition of The Heart of a Child uses case examples, questions-and-answers, detailed drawings, and careful descriptions to explain the causes of heart disorders, how they are discovered and diagnosed, how they affect children, and how they are treated.

The overriding principle of modern treatment is to restore the child who has a heart problem to the best possible health with the minimum of tests and procedures. The Heart of a Child helps parents understand the challenges, the options, the decisions—and the many reasons for hope.


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Editorial Reviews

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Neill and Edward Clark, professors in pediatric cardiology, along with pediatric nurse Carleen Clark, have written a reasonably detailed book for parents on heart defects and diseases in children. They outline how the heart develops in a child and show what can go wrong during the growing process. They also discuss the risk factors for heart defects, explain how heart problems are recognized, and cover treatment options. While the severity of heart problems in children is not minimized, the authors emphasize that most conditions are now treatable. Parents are reassured that none of their actions would probably have caused or prevented their child's condition. Transplantation and accompanying medical conditions with heart defects are given brief attention. Recommended for family health collections.
- Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veteran's Hosp., Tampa, Fla.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Recommended for parents and health professionals... This book describes the latest developments in understanding and treating heart problems in children. The authors... offer ways that parents and other family members can become effective partners with health professionals in the care of a child with a heart problem." -- Early Intervention, reviewing a previous edition or volume

Product Details

  • Series: Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2nd edition (May 23, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801866367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801866364
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,650,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but the information seems outdated. December 17, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book was very informative, but we have found that the newer publication released in 1998 was more up to date. "Heart Defects in Children - What Every Parent Should Know" was written by a nurse, and has easier to understand explainations of the defects. It also has a draw in heart section where you can more easily visualize your child's defect. Check it out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for parents of children with CHD February 24, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
My husband and I found this very useful when our child was first diagnosed, I was always referring to the list of terms and the pictures.
My only regret is that of another review in that the statistical information is out of date.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Congenital Heart Defects December 18, 1999
Format:Hardcover
As parents of two children with congenital heart defects, we found this book to be a wonderful resource. It is a must buy for parents who find themselves faced with the prospect of raising a child with a heart condition. This book does a wonderful job of describing the types of heart defects in terms the average person can understand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good August 1, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I learned a lot from reading this book when my daughter was in the hospital having her first heart surgery. But the mortality statistics are outdated. The outcomes for children having heart surgery and children with HLHS and Truncus are much more hopeful than they were in 1992.
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