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Heart Program

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.

Minimally Invasive Management of Pediatric 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  
Contact The Heart Program
 305-662-8301

Heart Catherization at Nicklaus Children's Hospital
Learn about Heart Catherization procedures as explained by Dr. Aregullin.

Service Locations

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Nicklaus Children's Aventura Care Center
20295 NE 29th Place
Suite 300
Aventura, FL 33180

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Nicklaus Children's Hospital Main Campus
3100 SW 62nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33155

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Nicklaus Children's Palm Beach Gardens Outpatient Center
11310 Legacy Avenue
Legacy Place
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

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Nicklaus Children's Stuart Outpatient Cardiology Office
10 SE Central Parkway
Suite 222
Stuart, FL 34994

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