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Winthrop-University Hospital Supports the Congenital Heart Walk
May 5, 2015

Event Set for May 17 at Sunken Meadow State Park

Staff members, family and friends of Winthrop-University Hospital will join with the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) and the Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) on Sunday, May 17, 2015 to participate in The Congenital Heart Walk (CHW). Winthrop, which is a site sponsor for the walk, is pleased to support this national event that begins at 9:00 AM at Sunken Meadow Park, East Orchard Pavilion in King’s Park, NY.

CHW is a joint national effort between the ACHA and the CHF to support the millions of adults and children impacted by congenital heart disease, the #1 birth defect in the U.S.

A congenital heart defect is a problem with the heart’s structure that is present at birth. Heart defects are the most common birth defect in the U.S. Almost one out of every 100 babies is born with a heart defect.

“From the very first heartbeat, all the way through adulthood, Winthrop has a multidisciplinary team of experts who are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide infants, children and adults with the very best care,” said Martin Chavez, MD, Chief of Maternal/Fetal Medicine and the Fetal Surgery Program at Winthrop.

Approximately two to three million children and adults are thought to be living in the U.S. with congenital heart disease. To address this growing population, Winthrop created the Center for Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD), under the leadership of Vijayapraveena (Praveena) Paruchuri, MD, a Board Certified Internist and Cardiologist who specializes in Adult Congenital Heart Disease. Dr. Paruchuri, along with Carlos Montoya-Iraheta, MD, Director of Pediatric Cardiology at Winthrop, are Honorary Co-Chairs of the Walk.

“Because of advances in medicine and the skilled surgeons and pediatric cardiologists that are able to take care of these children, we now have an entire population of young adults and middle-aged individuals who have lived past childhood with repaired hearts.” said Dr. Paruchuri. “What these patients often don’t realize, or were not told, is that these conditions may require regular monitoring during adulthood. For this particular population of patients, Winthrop is pleased to be able to offer a unique collaborative approach to care.”

To register with the Winthrop Team, visit Click on the Long Island event and then “Join a Team.” Upon creating an account, a search feature enables registrants to join the Winthrop Team.

For more information about Congenital Heart Care at Winthrop, visit or call 1-866-WINTHROP.


Leanna Cherry
Assistant Director of Public Relations
(516) 663-2234