Pediatric and Congenital Heart Care
Comprehensive Heart Care for Children
Fixing tiny hearts requires a level of skill, precision, and expertise that can only be found in a high-volume, nationally ranked pediatric heart center like Duke Children’s. Our team of pediatric cardiologists, pediatric heart surgeons, pediatric anesthesiologists, and specially trained nurses and therapists have dedicated their lives to caring for children with heart disease. We provide your child with the best medical and surgical care available and give your family the psychological and emotional support you need.
The Full Spectrum of Pediatric Heart Care
As a comprehensive heart center, we provide expert care for the most serious and complex conditions. This can include treating a heart problem your child was born with (congenital heart defect) or one he or she developed in childhood.
- We provide care to children of all ages, from fetuses still in the womb through children and adolescents. For those with congenital heart problems, we can provide continuing care into adulthood.
- If your child is diagnosed with a heart defect before birth, we will work with our maternal-fetal experts to plan for your baby’s delivery and begin providing appropriate care as soon as your child is born.
- Our skilled pediatric cardiologists provide expert care for a wide range of heart conditions, including major structural abnormalities, arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy, and heart failure.
- For diseases or conditions that can affect the heart, such as Marfan syndrome, we provide ongoing monitoring and management of your child’s heart health. We also provide specialized heart care for children with neuromuscular disorders.
- If your child has concerning symptoms, such as chest pain, or findings such as a heart murmur, high blood pressure, or elevated cholesterol, we offer thorough examination and testing to determine whether your child has a heart problem.
- If your child needs a device or procedure -- such as such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, or catheter ablation to manage arrhythmia or other heart rhythm disorder -- our pediatric interventional cardiologists can offer the technology or technique most likely to benefit your child.
- Our skilled pediatric cardiac surgeons and their teams perform a range of delicate and demanding heart surgeries, from repairing structural defects to heart transplants.
- If your child needs care from experts outside of pediatric cardiology, we coordinate your child’s care with Duke pediatric specialists in neurology, gastroenterology, genetics, physical and occupational therapy, behavioral health, and other areas so your child achieves and maintains the highest quality of life possible.
Why Choose Duke
- Pediatric cardiology and heart surgery is one of 10 specialties in which Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report. This distinction recognizes the care we provide to every child.
- Duke Children’s is one of only seven hospitals in the U.S. verified as a level I children's surgery center by the American College of Surgeons. This Level I designation recognizes our commitment to providing the safest and highest-quality surgical care to our young patients.
- Our pediatric cardiac intensive care unit (PCICU) and pediatric progressive care unit are equipped with advanced technology to meet your child’s needs. A dedicated team of specially trained cardiac critical care specialists, nurses, respiratory therapists, and others staff these units around the clock.
- Our team’s extensive experience allows us to treat the most complicated cases. We use a wide selection of medical and surgical treatments, as well as minimally invasive options that may reduce the risk of complications, speed recovery, and minimize blood loss. If your child isn’t a candidate for treatment at another hospital, he or she may be able to receive care at Duke University Hospital.
- Your child may also be able to participate in our clinical trials, which are studying new therapies for children with heart disease and related illnesses.
Benefit from Our Family-Centered Care
- We understand your entire family is affected when you have a sick child. Our family-centered care includes support groups, wellness programs, and education for siblings to help them understand what is happening to their brother or sister. If your child needs to stay in the hospital, our Ronald McDonald House Family Room includes amenities to make your family’s stay as comfortable as possible, such as showers, computers with internet access, and laundry facilities.
- Our Child Life program helps your young child cope with hospitalization through play, procedure preparation, and self-expression activities. They can meet other children going through similar experiences in our activity room.
- We try to make it as convenient as possible for your child to receive the care he or she needs. Our pediatric cardiology services are available at clinics around North Carolina, including Durham, Raleigh, Cary, Greensboro, and Fayetteville. If you’re having a hard time getting to your child’s appointments, talk to one of our nurse coordinators about ways we may be able to bring our services closer to you and your family.