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.
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.
The result: Outcomes for children with congenital heart defects that are among the best in the world.
Most recently, the team began using three-dimensional printing technology to plan surgical interventions for children with complex heart anomalies. The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital is believed to be the first in the region to print a life-size heart model of a patient with a complex congenital heart defect. 3D printing allows for more research and planning in complex cases, increasing new possibilities for heart repair.
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