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 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.
The Heart Program offers the most innovative, least invasive approaches in pediatric cardiology to the treatment of congenital heart disease, including many first-in-the-world procedures that were pioneered right here by the program’s own internationally renowned cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons.
Each year, over 5,000 children are evaluated in the cardiology outpatient services department. There they are diagnosed and treated as outpatients when possible and referred for inpatient testing as indicated. Diagnostic tests include full non-invasive diagnostic studies, including electrocardiography, doppler-flow, echocardiography, stress testing, holter and event recorder monitoring, and fetal and transesophageal echocardiography. Outpatient cardiology procedures may include catheterizations or minor surgical procedures. All of these cardiology outpatient services are provided with expertise at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.