What we treat
Most people only think of middle-aged adults or the elderly as being affected by heart disease; however, nine out of every 1,000 babies born in the United States are born with a congenital heart abnormality. Several studies suggest that to prevent death in the first year of life, 2.3 per 1,000 live births require some sort of invasive treatment for a congenital heart defect. Nearly 1 million people living in the U.S. were born with a congenital heart defect.
At CHOC, we are experts in treating children with a variety of heart problems and offer the very latest diagnosis and treatment services for heart problems:
- Heart surgery for children of all ages — from newborns to young adults
- Cardiovascular intensive care
- Expert diagnostics for diagnosing complicated heart issues
- Cardiac catheterization
- Implantable cardioverter defibrillators and pacemakers with remote monitoring capabilities
- Interventional cardiology.
State-of-the-art pediatric cardiac care programs
Children are not tiny adults and their health care needs, especially cardiac concerns, should be diagnosed and treated by specialists who understand the needs of children. Our nationally recognized cardiac experts exclusively evaluate and treat newborns, infants, children, teens and young adults with all types of heart problems.
The Heart Institute features specialized programs in:
- Heart surgery
- Congenital heart defects
- Cardiac intervention and catheterization
- Fetal cardiodiagnostics
- Heart failure
- Pediatric cardiopulmonary (CPX) and pulmonary function (PFT) testing
- Sports cardiology
- Preventive pediatric cardiology issues related to obesity, hypertension and lipid management
- Electrophysiology with a dedicated Arrhythmia Device Center that offers pacemaker checks, implantable loop recorders and Holter monitors.
The CHOC Difference
Because kids are CHOC’s specialty, we strive to provide family- and patient-centered care that focuses on treating each child’s heart condition while always allowing the child to be a child and being mindful of the child’s future health and well-being. It is important that our patients still feel and act like kids and that their families get the support they need to focus on what is most important: patient recovery.
Once diagnosed, each patient is followed by a pediatric cardiovascular nurse practitioner who serves as an advocate for the child, attends all case conferences, facilitates patient appointments and ensures seamless care between inpatient and outpatient treatment. Each patient’s care team also includes additional certified pediatric cardiac clinical staff, pediatric cardiac nurse practitioners and social workers who work together to provide the child with seamless care, patient education and family support.
Because parents are a child’s best expert, our specialists work closely with each child’s parents or legal guardians throughout the diagnosis and treatment process to create the best treatment plan possible for the child. Working as a team with the child’s family also allows our specialists to help families better understand the type and length of treatment the child will undergo and why the treatment is the best option of the patient. Our specialists also work closely with the child’s referring physician to ensure coordination of care as well as close communication.
We are also dedicated to providing families and patients with the resources needed so kids can be kids while staying in our Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU), as we believe that play and discovery are very important in the treatment and recovery process. We proudly offer:
- Counseling and support
- Child life specialists
- Complementary and alternative medicine
- Rehabilitation services.