EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

An important part of CCF's mission is increasing access to reliable information on pediatric cardiomyopathy and empowering parents and patients with a variety of educational materials. CCF works with different healthcare organizations and medical societies to develop such materials.

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Understanding Pediatric Cardiomyopathy

This 14-page overview booklet with accompanying inserts on dilated, hypertrophic, restrictive and left ventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy was designed to provide key information to parents, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.

Pediatric Cardiomyopathy
Dilated Cardiomyopathy
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
Left Ventricular Noncompaction Cardiomyopathy

Secrets of the Heart - Living with Pediatric Cardiomyopathy

CCF has developed a new patient resource entitled Secrets of the Heart - Living with Pediatric Cardiomyopathy. The 38-minute DVD profiles three families with different forms of cardiomyopathy, all of whom have lived successfully through the challenges associated with the disease. Their personal stories are interspersed with factual information on the disease contributed by the physicians that care for them.

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Know Your Heart: Genetic Testing for Cardiomyopathy Families

This short video provides families with a basic overview of the genetic testing process and features two families living with cardiomyopathy and the pediatric cardiologists, geneticist and genetic counselor that they work with. The 7-minute video covers a range of topics, including what genetic testing is, when it should be considered, how the process works, and why it can be beneficial to certain families.

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Ensuring a Good Learning Environment - A Cardiomyopathy School Resource Kit

This resource kit is intended to educate school staff about the disease and guide parents in working with their child's school to obtain the appropriate accommodations and modifications. The kit includes two guidebooks, a sample school letter and templates for a healthcare plan, 504 education plan and emergency care plan.

Guide for School Personnel
Guide for Parents
Sample School Plans and Letters

Cardio What? - A Kids' Guide to Cardiomyopathy

CCF and the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) have partnered to develop this 29-page booklet to help children better understand their own and/or their family member's diagnosis of cardiomyopathy. Written by genetic counselors with CCF's input, the booklet uses simple language, colorful illustrations, and fun activities to teach children the basics about the disease.

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Pediatric Heart Failure: A Guide for Parents and Families

This guidebook provides a comprehensive overview of heart failure, including signs and symptoms, diagnostic testing, medications, and advanced heart failure therapies. The resource draws on the experience and knowledge of the top pediatric heart failure specialists in the U.S. and Australia.

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Pediatric Heart Transplants: A Guide for Patients and Families

CCF has partnered with the Pediatric Heart Transplant Foundation to develop a comprehensive guidebook to explain the entire heart transplant process from assessment and listing to surgery and post transplant care. This guidebook draws on the experience and knowledge of the top pediatric heart transplant specialists in the U.S. and Canada.


Pediatric Heart Transplant Guide
Part 1: Before the Transplant
Part 2: The Transplant
Part 3: After the Transplant
Part 4: Additional Resources

Introduction to Pediatric Cardiomyopathies

CCF has partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) to bring you an additional resource to complement CCF’s Understanding Pediatric Cardiomyopathy booklet. Written by pediatric cardiomyopathy experts for the layperson, this resource provides an overview of signs, symptoms, causes, diagnosis methods, therapies and treatments for the various types of cardiomyopathy.

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