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Congenital Heart Disease

Janice Christensen, MD and Hrair Garabedian, MD are co-directors of the Spokane, WA Adult Congenital Heart Program.
Janice Christensen, MD and Hrair Garabedian, MD are co-directors of the Spokane, WA Adult Congenital Heart Program.

Heart problems don’t just happen to adults—congenital heart disorders are the most common type of birth defect, occurring in 1 out of 120 live births.

That’s why Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital has a whole team of pediatric specialists ready to treat even the most complex congenital heart defects with innovative surgical and non-invasive procedures.

The pediatric cardiac team brings together the skills of specialists in the areas of cardiology, electrophysiology, cardiac surgery and cardiac anesthesiology to deliver expert personalized care for infants, children and adolescents with congenital heart disease. Plus, the same team cares for “grown-up” congenital heart patients through adulthood. The highly trained team offers a wealth of experience in traditional procedures, as well as innovative techniques, all performed with state-of-the-art technology. Learn More

Adult Congenital Heart Program

Providence Spokane Heart Institute is the only facility in the Northwest where patients can receive treatment for congenital defects from birth to adulthood. A team of congenital heart specialists and adult cardiologists not only offer experienced cardiac care, but provide their expertise to other physicians who may be caring for the patient, including surgical, anesthesia, obstetrical and other providers.

The Providence pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery team has treated children and adults with congenital heart disease in the Inland Northwest for more than 30 years. Satellite clinics are conveniently located throughout central and eastern Washington and northern Idaho so children from outlying communities receive care close to home where it’s most convenient for their family.

Newborn Congenital Heart Screening

Our goal is clear—to identify infants with critical congenital heart disease before they leave the hospital. Every baby born at the Providence Spokane hospitals is now routinely screened for congenital heart disease. The quick and painless pulse oximetry test is performed in the first 24 hours after birth, before mom and newborn are released from the hospital.

Project ADAM

Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital has created “Project ADAM Inland Northwest,” supplying automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and training for over 50 high schools in Eastern Washington to date. Project ADAM is a nationwide effort to help schools prepare for a sudden cardiac arrest emergency with students or school visitors.