Pediatric Congenital Heart Defects

Congenital Heart Disease (CHD)

Learning that your child’s heart didn’t develop correctly or doesn’t function properly can be frightening. At Duke Children’s we provide the best possible care for your child, in an environment that supports your whole family. This includes care for congenital heart defects in infants, children, and adolescents. When the time comes, we can also help your child transition to our adult congenital heart disease care.

Treatment for the Full Range of Congenital Heart Defects

A congenital heart defect is a structural heart problem that’s present at birth. Whether your child’s heart problem was detected in the womb or after birth, you’ll find the care your child needs at Duke Children’s.

We treat all major congenital heart conditions, including:

  • Valvular defects, such as aortic valve stenosis and pulmonary valve stenosis
  • Septal defects, such as atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect, and complete atrioventricular canal defect
  • Vascular defects, such as coarctation of the aorta, patent ductus arteriosus, and vascular ring
  • Complex heart lesions, including Ebstein anomaly, truncus arteriosus, transposition of the great vessels, and otal anomalous pulmonary venous connection
  • Single ventricle lesions, such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome, tricuspid atresia, pulmonary atresia with intact septum, and other single ventricle anomalies

Why Choose Duke

Your child will benefit from our expertise and resources in addressing not just their physical health, but also their developmental and emotional needs.

Fetal Cardiology Experts
If a heart abnormality is detected in your baby before birth, you will be referred to our fetal cardiology team, which provides specialized care during pregnancy and delivery in conjunction with our maternal-fetal medicine specialists, to ensure that your baby receives the most effective treatment as early as possible.

A Comprehensive Care Team
Your child’s team will include medical professionals with advanced training and experience in treating children’s hearts. This includes pediatric cardiologists, heart surgeons, critical care physicians, and cardiac anesthesiologists; neonatologists; and specially trained nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Our team also includes pharmacists with expertise in the unique medication needs of young heart patients, and a dedicated pediatric dietitian and social worker.

Advance Surgical Capabilities
Our highly experienced pediatric cardiac surgeons are skilled in -- and in some cases have pioneered -- advanced surgical techniques for repairing children’s hearts.

Pediatric Cardiac ICU
Our pediatric cardiovascular intensive care unit (PCICU) has the staff, equipment, and expertise to provide round-the-clock monitoring and care for critically ill children with heart conditions.

Support for Your Child's Growth and Development
​Our nutrition and feeding experts can address feeding issues (common in children with heart problems), so your child can get the nourishment they need to recover and thrive. We collaborate with physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists to evaluate and support your child’s neurodevelopment -- that is, his or her ability to learn, read, remember, and interact socially. We also have a parent support group (Heart2Heart) for you to interact with other parents and children with similar concerns.

Convenient Locations
​To provide your child access to the best care close to home, we offer services in locations around the state, including Cary, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, and Raleigh.

Transition to Adult Care
As your child approaches adulthood, we’ll help them make the move from pediatric to adult congenital heart disease care. They can see doctors who will continue to treat them in adulthood and can learn about managing their health care needs on their own.

Reviewed: 02/01/2018

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Reviewed: 02/01/2018
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