Heart Disease and Stroke Research
J. Antonio G Lopez, MD FAHA
Patti Mahoney, New Hampshire
Michael Goes to Washington
Amiee, Chad and Emilee Mathews, Pennsylvania
Emilee was born on October 11, 2003, with what was considered a slight heart murmur. Within months, Dr. Paul Chlpka recognized Emilee’s heart murmur was intensifying and promptly referred us to Dr. Grace Smith a pediatric cardiologist. Dr. Smith informed us that Emilee’s heart murmur was caused by an atrial septal defect (ASD), or a hole between the two upper chambers of her heart. Over time, this would cause the right upper chamber (right atrium) to become overworked and enlarged, eventually damaging her heart.