Our Approach to Pediatric Heart Care

How We Prevent and Treat Pediatric Heart Disorders

We incorporate the latest technologies in your child's heart care, starting with nonsurgical approaches and using surgery only when other methods are not known to be effective.

Preventive Care

We offer comprehensive services for children and adolescents at risk of heart disease due to high cholesterol/triglycerides and/or high blood pressure.

  • Our teams include experts in pediatric cardiology, pediatric gastroenterology, and nutrition.
  • While we provide most preventive cardiology care on an outpatient basis, some children with severe lipid disorders (particularly those with very high cholesterol) may be admitted to the hospital for treatment to control their cholesterol levels.

Diagnostic Approaches

We provide expert diagnostic services for children with congenital heart disease and other medical problems that may affect the heart, using noninvasive testing whenever appropriate. Examples of the tests we offer include:

  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Chest x-ray
  • Computed tomography (CT) scanning
  • Echocardiography, including fetal echocardiography
  • Electrocardiography
  • Electrophysiologic testing for arrhythmias
  • Exercise testing
  • Holter monitor
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Stress testing

Nonsurgical Heart Therapies

  • Medications: Children with some arrhythmias, pulmonary hypertension, and certain other heart disorders may be able to be treated with medical therapies.
  • Cardiac catheterization: We have one of the busiest pediatric cardiac catheterization programs in the country. We use this approach to diagnose heart disorders and to treat arrhythmias, valve defects, narrowed blood vessels, and some septal defects.
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO): We have extensive experience using ECMO to treat children with heart disorders such as pulmonary hypertension. ECMO is a device that functions as an artificial lung to support a child's own failing lungs, and it is not widely available at many other hospitals.

Hybrid Heart Surgery

The NewYork-Presbyterian Congenital Heart Center is one of just a few U.S. centers to offer pediatric hybrid heart surgery - procedures that combine conventional surgical methods with minimally invasive, catheter-based interventional approaches. These less invasive alternatives use a smaller incision through the breast bone or right chest, with the advantage of less pain, no need for a heart-lung machine, a faster return to normal activities, and cosmetic benefits. We use hybrid heart surgery to treat some patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and ventricular septal defects and to replace some damaged heart valves.

Pediatric Heart Surgery

Our pediatric heart surgeons perform every type of surgery to treat heart disorders in young patients, from infants just days old to older children and young adults. We are especially known for our expertise performing these surgeries:

  • Arch hypoplasia repair
  • Arterial switch operation
  • Atrial and ventricular septal defect repair
  • Fontan operation
  • Glenn procedure
  • Norwood procedure
  • Ross procedure (pulmonary autograft)
  • Tetralogy of Fallot repair
  • Valve repair

Our heart surgeons are evaluating the use of three-dimensional printing to create models of young hearts with defects, enabling surgeons to plan a procedure in advance by gaining a greater understanding of a child's heart anatomy before stepping foot into the operating room.

Research

Our pediatric cardiologists and pediatric heart surgeons are conducting laboratory and clinical research to advance the care of children with heart disorders. Your child may have the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial.

Contact

Cardiology

NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
212-305-8509

Cardiology

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health
212-746-3561

Pediatric Heart Surgery

NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
212-305-5975

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