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Bottoms Up! The Adult Congenital Heart Association Prepares for St. Patrick’s Day with a Free Webinar:

Posted Mar 09 2010 8:07am


“How to Have Fun Saturday Night Without Ending up in the ER Sunday Morning”

Millions of people will raise a pint (or three) on St. Patrick’s Day this year.  But for the more than one million people in the U.S. living with a congenital heart defect, the risks of doing so can be greater than just ending up on You Tube the next day. 

In the United States, 1 out of every 100 babies is born with a heart defect. Congenital heart disease is the #1 birth defect with more occurrences than Spina Bifida, Down syndrome or hearing loss, yet many are not aware of this condition. In most cases, scientists do not know the cause but feel both environmental and genetic factors appear to play a role. Today, most heart defects can be corrected or helped with surgery, medicine, or devices, such as artificial valves and pacemakers. In the last 25 years, advances in treatment of heart defects have enabled half a million U.S. children with significant heart defects to survive into adulthood.

The Webinar is Free and Open to the Public; Will Review the Implications of Imbibing While Living with Congenital Heart Disease, an Issue that Affects More than One Million People Nationwide


- Friday, March 12, 2010

- 8:00 p.m. EST

The Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA), a nonprofit organization which seeks to improve the quality of life and extend the lives of adults living with congenital heart disease (CHD), presents a free webinar just in time for St. Patrick’s Day: “How to Have Fun Saturday Night Without Ending up in the ER Sunday Morning.”

Presented by Karen Stout, MD, the webinar is designed to help CHD men and women over the age of 21 understand some of the cardiac concerns that can arise while imbibing, and tactics for minimizing the possibility of developing arrhythmias or other acute symptoms. 

This webinar is part of an series of monthly webinars that the ACHA is presenting to the CHD community. Topics range from timely (CHD and the H1N1 virus) to timeless (reproductive issues) and are always offered free of charge.


Karen Stout, MD, is and ACHD physician and the director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. 


More information on the webinar can be found on the Adult Congenital Heart Association Website at

Participants can register for the webinar at:

About the Adult Congenital Heart Association:

The Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and extending the lives of adults with congenital heart defects (CHD).  ACHA serves and supports the more than one million adults with congenital heart defects, their families and the medical community—working with them to address the unmet needs of the long-term survivors of congenital heart defects through education, outreach, advocacy, and promotion of ACHD research. For more information about the Adult Congenital Heart Association, contact (888) 921-ACHA, or visit .

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 Happy St Patrick’s Day !!

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