When your child has heart failure, you may feel as if you are running out of options, but Children’s Health℠ can help. As the largest heart center in North Texas, we deliver compassionate care including specialized treatments to help even the sickest children feel better.
Heart failure occurs when the heart’s pumping power is weaker than normal. This does not mean your child’s heart will stop beating.
Heart failure happens when:
Physicians at Children’s Health are world-class subspecialists from UT Southwestern who deliver the best available treatments to help your child live a normal life.
Heart failure symptoms are different at certain ages.
Symptoms in babies may include:
Symptoms in older children (ages 4 and up) may include:
Accurately diagnosing heart failure helps us understand more about your child’s condition so we can make sure he or she gets the best treatment possible. We start with a comprehensive exam, which may include one or more separate tests.
Your child’s physical evaluation may include:
Diagnostic testing may include:
Even if your child has a complex or hard to treat form of heart failure, he or she can get all the treatments they need right here at Children’s Health.
Your child’s treatment may include:
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
It depends. Some children get better with other forms of treatment such as special medications or surgery to correct heart defects. If other treatments fail to relieve your child’s symptoms, he or she may benefit from a heart transplant.
Yes. Many children’s with heart failure get better with treatment. In time, they are able to go back to participating in the same activities as children without heart failure.
After your child’s exam and testing, one of our experts meets with you to explain your child’s condition and offer treatment recommendations. During this conversation, we also let you know how often to come back and what to do if you have questions or concerns between visits.
Certain illnesses and medical conditions can damage your child’s heart muscle or make it work harder than it should. Over time this can weaken the heart muscles to the point they can no longer pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs.