Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiovascular Research

Just 50 years ago, many pediatric diseases were posting survival rates as low as 10 percent. But today, thanks in large part to extensive medical research, those numbers have climbed significantly.

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital’s Horvitz Pediatric Research Center is a national leader in pediatric research, receiving more than $30 million annually from the National Institutes of Health, NASA and others. The Center enables physicians and scientists to search for solutions to diseases and ailments that afflict children and provides our patients with access to the latest medical developments & breakthroughs.

The Heart Program is deeply involved in research to design and improve techniques and technology for pediatric cardiac health. For example, our physician-scientists are currently perfecting one of two standard treatment options for hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). Called three-stage palliation, the procedure offers an excellent reconstruction option that, over the course of a child’s first two to four years of life, changes the HLHS heart into a two-chamber organ that performs the work of a normal four-chamber heart.