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The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital


Brenna“Brenna was diagnosed with a moderate sized VSD before she was born. When she was about one day old our cardiologist decided surgery would be needed to fix this hole in her heart. At six months old she was finally big enough to undergo the VSD repair.

May 17th 2010, Dr. Burke performed her surgery only to find it a bit more complicated than was planned. A valve had to be moved to make way for the patch he needed to place. After surgery she required an external pacemaker to keep her heart rate normal. This fixed itself in about a day and a half but four months later her heart rate dropped to thirty six and she was transported back to Nicklaus Children's Hospital. This time we meet with Dr. Hannon and Dr. Burke and decided the best thing for her was to place a permanent pacemaker.

She is now doing fantastic and is a very happy and active one and a half year old. She is adventurous and so strong. We are so fortunate to have been placed in the hands of such an amazing team of doctors and nurses. We will forever be grateful for the care our daughter has received from this great hospital. We can't find the words to thank you enough.” 

Shanae - Jupiter, Florida 

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Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Acquires 3D Printer to Support Pediatric Surgical Planning and Research

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The Heart Program at Miami Children’s Hospital Uses 3D Printing Technology

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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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