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It's not easy to talk about problems with other people. It's human nature.
And when your child has heart problems, it may be hard to talk about it with them or other family members. But, once you discuss it, you may feel it's easier to handle.
At the Heart Institute at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, parents tell us talking with others helps. It lets them process and start to handle their thoughts and feelings about their child's heart disease.
Below, we offer ways to help jump-start a discussion with your:
Under each, we provide sample statements when talking about:
You may need to change the wording to tailor it to a child's age.
It's important to have family talks about your child's heart problem and its impact at different times over the years. Ongoing discussion is vital to help your children increase their knowledge and better understand the heart problem as they mature.
And, since the emotional impact of the diagnosis changes with time, you must re-explore it with family members.
Our staff is always happy to help with these discussions.
Encourage your family, and especially your child with heart disease, to talk about the problem. This will help you feel more at ease and bring you closer.
It also will let everyone know they can talk to you about any problem when they have concerns or questions.
Listed below are events and comments or questions for each that may help you talk about your child's heart disease.
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4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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