Pediatric Heart Center

Joining Together for the Best in Cardiac Care

The Pediatric Heart Center at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital provides the skill, dedication and compassion of highly trained and experienced professionals using state-of-the-art protocols and technologies, which means infants, children, adolescents and their families are assured of receiving an extraordinary level of attention and understanding.

Parents of children diagnosed with heart disease or a cardiac defect will find the experts they need at the Pediatric Heart Center, where members of the Divisions of Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Pediatric Critical Care, Neonatology and Pediatric Anesthesiology combine their skills to deliver comprehensive cardiac care.

Such multidisciplinary care has been proven to be the most effective and successful method of patient care, particularly in complex disorders such as children’s heart conditions. Cardiac physicians, anesthesiologists, neonatologists, pulmonologists, nephrologists, and critical care specialists work together to produce a highly individualized plan of treatment for each child, and the best possible prognosis for long-term health.

From cardiac catheterization to electrophysiology assessments to heart transplantation, the Pediatric Heart Center’s physicians evaluate, treat and provide follow-up services for any type of acquired or congenital heart problem.

The Advantage of Collaborative Care

Because our team approach includes medical cardiologists, cardiac interventionalists and cardiac surgeons, each child’s therapeutic options are broader than they would be under the care of a single specialist.

Here, patients may be considered for medical therapy, repair with a cardiac device (such as a defibrillator), minimally invasive surgery or a traditional operation, rather than being advised on only a single option.

In addition, our collaboration allows for children with even the most severe conditions — such as Down’s syndrome, neurological problems or endocrine syndromes—as well as congenital heart disease to receive the very best care.

Special Programs

Multidisciplinary Clinic provides special care for Marfan’s syndrome – connective tissue abnormalities within the heart and other parts of the body.

Preventive Clinic helps children with high cholesterol risk factors or actual high cholesterol to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Exercise Physiology Department works with NASA, focusing on exercise and conditions that can limit it in children and infants.

Child Life specialists have the unique job of helping children and their families better understand the whole hospital experience. These caring men and women are specially trained to explain hospital procedures and introduce young patients to the staff members who will be working with them while giving them lots of reasons to feel better about the process.

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