Special care for the smallest hearts.
If your child needs heart care, you have come to the right place. Treating heart problems in children is different than adults. Whether your child was born with a heart condition (congenital), or it happened over time (acquired), you can trust our pediatric expertise. We bring together multispecialty teams who know how to treat even the rarest and complex conditions. In fact, we treat many patients earlier, using less-invasive approaches.
Heart care you can count on.
Here, we do everything we can to make sure your child’s heart condition doesn’t hold them back.
As a pediatric academic medical center, your child can see top cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, or other pediatric heart specialists, all in one place. And our experienced teams use advanced tools and techniques.
From fetal heart evaluations and newborn heart surgery to minimally invasive procedures and ongoing follow-up care and support, we are here for your family.
Our Comprehensive Pediatric Heart Care
We provide advanced care for a full range of pediatric heart conditions, including:
- Abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmias).
- Acquired heart disease, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and Kawasaki disease.
- Problems with the heart muscle (cardiomyopathies).
- Problems with the heart’s structure (congenital heart defects). These include atrial septal defects, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and tetralogy of Fallot.
We identify and manage heart conditions through specialized pediatric services, such as:
- Noninvasive heart diagnostics. These include electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, exercise stress tests, tilt table tests, and Holter monitoring.
- Fetal echocardiography. This test lets doctors see a baby’s heart structure and function while still in the womb.
- Interventional cardiology procedures. Doctors can find or treat certain heart problems with tiny tubes (catheters) instead of open surgery.
- Implantable devices. These include the latest in pacemakers and defibrillators for arrhythmias.
- Cardiothoracic surgery. Our surgeons have experience treating children of all ages, including newborns, with the latest techniques.
Why Choose Us for Your Child’s Heart Care
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children offers life-changing or life-saving pediatric heart care in a warm, welcoming environment. Families choose us because:
- Our team includes experts in pediatric interventional cardiology. We can repair many heart defects or abnormal blood vessels using nonsurgical techniques.
- Among children who need heart surgery, our outcomes meet or exceed national safety standards. We also have a cardiac care unit that provides complete care before and after surgery.
- Our pediatric heart doctors have the special expertise and equipment needed to treat tiny hearts and blood vessels.
- Experienced cardiology nurses, social workers, child life specialists, and others care for your child. Our goal is to get them back to being a kid.
- We offer outpatient cardiology services in convenient community locations. This means you can get specialized care close to your home.
- If your child needs lifelong heart care, we will help them transition to an adult specialist when they are older.
- Parents who live out of the area may request lodging at the nearby Ronald McDonald House.