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The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital

A Leader in Interventional Cardiology

The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, is an international leader in the development of interventional cardiac catheterization techniques to treat congenital heart disorders.
 

The pediatric interventional cardiology program was one of only three centers nationwide chosen to participate in a clinical trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Melody transcatheter pulmonary valve in patients with dysfunctional right ventricular outflow. The device, developed by Medtronic, Inc, makes possible the replacement of a patient’s pulmonary valve without open-heart surgery. As a result of the trial, the device received FDA approval in 2010.

 

Pediatric Interventional Cardiology to
Treat Congenital Heart Disease

Video-assisted endoscopic techniques for congenital heart disease were pioneered at The Heart Program. Using endoscopic cameras and specially designed instruments, several cardiac abnormalities can now be corrected through small punctures, avoiding large incisions in the patient’s chest. This minimally traumatic technique of interventional cardiology results in less post-operative pain, more rapid recovery and enhanced cosmetic results for the patient.

 

The following heart defects have been repaired using pediatric interventional cardiology:

  • Patent ductus arteriosus interruption
  • Vascular ring division
  • Pericardial window
  • Diaphragm placation
  • Thoracic duct ligation
  • Ligation of collateral vessels  

Latest Heart Program News

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Pediatric Specialty Services Again Ranked Among the Best in the Nation

Eight subspecialty programs of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, part of Miami Children’s Health System, are again ranked among the best in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report’s 2016-17 “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings, posted online today. 

Cardiac Intensive Care and Pediatric Intensive Care Units at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Recognized with Gold Beacon Awards

National three-year awards recognize exceptional patient care and a healthy work environment.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Heart Program Hosts National Conference on 'Sudden Death in the Young'

Pediatric cardiologists from throughout North America will focus on identification and treatment of Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome and medical conditions that can lead to sudden cardiac death in children and teens.


Heart Catherization at Nicklaus Children's Hospital
Learn about Heart Catherization procedures as explained by Dr. Aregullin.
For more information about The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital or to make an appointment, please call (305) 662-8301.
 
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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, formerly Miami 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 pediatric cardiology.

In 1995, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami 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.

The Ultimate in High-Tech meets High-Touch

The Heart Program offers the most advanced diagnostic, surgical and interventional techniques and equipment for treatment and management of pediatric cardiovascular conditions. The pediatric cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology laboratories are the most technologically advanced in existence, allowing The Heart Program to offer children the latest innovations.

While in this high-tech arena, children and their families are at the center of a multidisciplinary medical effort. They are surrounded by a team of doctors, nurses and staff who know, through years of experience, just how to meet the special needs of the tiniest patients, as well as how to support families in managing the stress of having a child in a critical-care setting.


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