Texas Children’s Hospital has been a leader in pediatric heart care for more than 60 years. As a global leader, we treat some of the rarest and most complex heart cases. With several multidisciplinary teams working in conjunction with pediatric subspecialties throughout the hospital, Texas Children’s Heart Center® strives to provide unparalleled care at every point, from diagnosis through treatment and follow-up, in order to achieve the best possible result for each patient.
Two years in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Heart Center as the best place in the nation for children to receive cardiology and heart surgery care.
Cardiology is where patients receive initial diagnosis and management of pediatric heart disease. We provide the latest in cardiac care and clinical therapies to pediatric patients from birth to 18 years of age. State-of-the-art tests are used to help make an accurate diagnosis. Each patient receives a customized treatment plan to best manage their condition long-term.
Imaging: advanced technology is able to capture images of the heart to diagnose and monitor heart conditions. Diagnostics include: echocardiography, EKG and Holter monitors.
Common heart problems we see and treat include, but are not limited to:
For children with irregular heart rhythm and/or electrical signaling. We are able to diagnose and provide therapeutic options to evaluate and manage any heart rhythm abnormality including congenital heart disease and heart muscle disease including cardiomyopathies, genetic disorders, abnormalities of electrical conduction, electrolyte disturbances, infections and more.
Providing care for infants with single ventricle congenital heart defects such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), unbalanced atrioventricular septal defects, complex heterotaxy syndrome and related conditions.
Patients with rare congenital heart defects associated with coronary ischemia, myocardial infarction and sudden death.
Medical management of risk factors associated with acquired heart disease in children. We care for patients with a personal or family history of cardiac disease, elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure or Kawasaki disease. Our goal is to prevent future cardiac disease and events through early detection and intervention and by educating children and families on how to better care for themselves.
High blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs puts pressure on the heart’s right ventricle, making it work harder. This weakens the heart muscle and can cause it to fail. Treatment can help lessen symptoms and improve quality of life.
We measure important clinical outcomes and the impact of care on the quality of life and functional status of our patients over time. By tracking outcomes, we learn about what happens to our patients and we learn about our performances as a health care delivery organization.
The goals of our service are to: