Heart Center: Our Services
Children's Heart Center offers the full spectrum of cardiac care, from non-invasive diagnostic procedures to transplantation. Thanks to our close association with UT Southwestern, we provide a high degree of specialization adolescents in all areas of pediatric cardiology.
- Cardiac Consultation – Children's provides prenatal counseling to discuss every option available to care for and treat children with congenital heart defects. Early detection and preparation for care is vital. After birth comprehensive evaluation is available for all suspected heart conditions. A prominent request is that we provide second opinions when the proposed evaluation or treatment of a child with heart disease is unclear.
- Cardiac Step-down Unit – A specialized area within the hospital providing expert clinical experience and focused care for heart patients from infants to young adults.
- Cardiothoracic Surgery – A highly specialized type of surgery focused on repairing defects in the heart and chest. Over 350 open-heart and 150 closed-heart procedures are performed each year.
- Cardiovascular ICU – A 21-bed area dedicated to the most severely ill heart patients. Children's is home to the first dedicated pediatric cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) in North Texas.
- Catheterization – A minimally invasive method of evaluating and treating heart problems using small tubes called catheters that are inserted into veins and arteries to reach the heart.
- Echocardiography – A non-invasive procedure that uses sound waves to examine the heart for congenital and acquired abnormalities.
- Electrophysiology – Diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the heart's electrical system (also known as arrhythmias or dysrhythmias).
- ECMO – The use of a special machine, similar to the bypass equipment used during open-heart surgery, to take over the work of the heart and lungs.
- Fetal Cardiology (Fetal Echo) – The diagnosis and management of unborn children with congenital heart disease.
- MRI – A non-invasive technique for detecting heart defects that uses a powerful magnet, radio waves and computer software to make very clear images of the heart and blood vessels.
- Cardiac Anesthesiology – Experts trained in both heart disease and anesthesia minimize the discomfort associated with procedures to diagnose and treat heart disease. Managing patients with acquired and complex congenital heart diseases presents special challenges during sedation and recovery.
- Transplant – After all other forms of surgery and therapy have been ruled out as successful alternatives, transplantation is the next option for treatment.