The Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance (CCHA) is a volunteer-run registered charitable organization made up of patients with a congenital heart defect, their friends, families, and the medical community. With your support, we aim to improve the quality of care for these patients, many of whom require lifelong expert care.
This site strives to provide pediatric congenital heart information for patients, families, and professionals. Click on “congenital heart defects”. A comprehensive list of congenital heart conditions is offered. Each is broken down into sections on signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, as well as adult and adolescent management. It is well illustrated with diagrams and flash movies. Use the right arrow button to access various images and text descriptors within the flash movies. Clicking on “heart diseases” brings up information about a variety of other cardiac diseases in children. A glossary of “heart related terms” is also provided.
Whenever you’re not sure what to do on this site, click on “Congenital Heart Disease” in the upper left corner. This will offer you access to a larger variety of very well done information. Click on “Adult Clinical Cases” to see a number of clinical scenarios including outstanding illustrations, ECGs, x-rays, echocardiograms, and CT angiograms. While the focus is on congenital heart defects, there is considerable additional information of both educational and teaching value.
This remarkable site contains a great deal of teaching material about cardiac morphology and congenital heart disease. While initiated by Dr. Robert Anderson and his colleagues in London, this aims to be a worldwide collection of specimens. In order to gain access to the material, you need to register and log in. There are numerous video archives including video lecture material primarily from Dr. Anderson. There are dozens, even hundreds, of animated lectures on a variety of topics. I heard lectures from both Drs. Andrew Cook and Robert Anderson. There may be other presenters. There are still images with captions from London, Pittsburgh, and from other colleagues. We found the site somewhat difficult to navigate and hope to see a more user-friendly design in the future.
This site does not have a lot of good teaching information as yet. There are sometimes interesting congenital cases. The site is mainly of interest to people with a professional commitment to cardiovascular MRI.