When the heart or blood vessels near the heart do not develop normally before birth, a condition called congenital heart defect occurs (congenital means "existing at birth").
Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital brings together the skills of specialists in the areas of cardiology, 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
Once your child's condition is diagnosed by the pediatric cardiologist, there may be several options to correct the problem. Some children may not require any intervention, but will simply be checked at intervals by the congenital heart team. Others may be treated with medication, a catheterization procedure or surgery.
Sacred Heart has long been a leader in the treatment of heart disease and has pioneered a variety of procedures, including minimally-invasive and robotic surgeries that result in less pain, tiny incisions and faster recovery. The medical staff of the Children’s Hospital includes board certified pediatric cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. Learn More
Cardiac Surgery in Children
The news that your child requires heart surgery is never easy. We understand that you will have many questions and concerns about the surgical process and what you can expect. The expert cardiac surgeons and specially-trained staff at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital will support your family through each turn.
Our pediatric cardiac surgeons are highly regarded for their expertise in a broad range of congenital repairs.
Preparing children for heart procedures
Children need to know what to expect from a doctor's visit or hospital stay. Pre-school children may only need a couple of day's warning, but older children may need time to digest what you're telling them, as well as time to talk about it and ask questions.
Preparing yourself - what parents should know
Parents often experience an array of emotions as they come to terms with their youngster's illness. Immediately after the diagnosis, many mothers and fathers enter a mourning period, grieving over the "loss" of their healthy child. They must cope with the shock and the pain and try to accept the new reality of having a youngster with a chronic illness.
We're here to help you, and your child, understand what's going on, and what comes next. Learn More