Pediatric Cardiology: Heart Program

Giving Young Hearts Another Chance to Beat

The Heart Program – a world leader in pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery and the care of children with congenital heart disorders – serves as a beacon to families confronting the reality of a child or newborn with a heart defect.

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Giving Young Hearts Another Chance to Beat

Congenital heart disorders occur in approximately eight out of every 1,000 newborns. These disorders can range from mild to severe, with two to three babies in 1,000 displaying signs of a heart defect requiring medical intervention.

The Heart Program – a world leader in pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery and the care of children with congenital heart disorders – serves as a beacon to families confronting the reality of a child or newborn with a heart defect.

Our children's heart centers and clinics offers the most innovative, least invasive approaches in pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery to the treatment of congenital heart disease, including many first-in-the-world procedures that were pioneered right here by the Heart Program’s own internationally renowned cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons.
 

A Team Approach to Care Makes a Difference

As the largest and most experienced cardiac team in South Florida, The Heart Program is comprised of: 

  • Three pediatric cardiac surgeons
  • 16 pediatric cardiologists
  • Three dedicated pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists
  • Six cardiac intensivists
  • Three interventional cardiologists
  • Five cardiac imaging physicians
  • 16 dedicated nurse practitioners

Comprehensive Programs and Services

Treatments and Procedures

Conditions We Treat

Recognition and Outcomes Tell the Story

The Heart Program provides care for more children with congenital heart disorders than any other hospital in Florida and has been ranked among the nation’s best for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery by U.S.News & World Report.
What’s more, The Heart Program has cardiovascular surgery outcomes that are among the very best in the nation, according to a U.S.News & World Report assessment conducted as part of the most recent ranking.
Nicklaus Children's Heart Program is a qualified participant in Aetna’s Institutes of Excellence™  network.
 

A Distinguished History of Saving Little Hearts

During the 1960s, Nicklaus Children's Hospital became the first facility in Florida to perform pediatric open-heart surgery. Over the years, the hospital has continued to build on this tradition of leadership and excellence in children's cardiology.
In 1995, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, recruited top cardiac physicians and surgeons in pediatric cardiology to oversee new services that included Florida’s first dedicated Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, a state-of-the-art Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Program, and, later, a Clinical Research Program and Electrophysiology Program.

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In 1960, we became the first facility in Florida to perform pediatric open-heart surgery

27,388

Total number of free EKG screenings performed since 2011

100%

2018 Congenital Heart Surgery Survival Rate

Success Stories

Though Teegan grew only a few pounds during her first three months, a stark contrast to her twin sister, the critically ill baby stunned her family and pediatrician with each day she survived. Her will to live spurred her family to search for a miracle.
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Awards & Associations