Heart Failure Program
We also provide pediatric cardiology services to patients in Abliene, TX at the Abilene Regional Medical Center Heart & Vascular Institute (325) 428-2900.
Having a child with heart failure can be an overwhelming and frightening experience. You may not know where to turn for the best treatment and help. But we’re here for you – and your family. At Children’s Health℠, we’re dedicated to caring for children with heart failure.
Our pediatric heart failure specialists are trained to treat children with heart failure caused by a variety of heart conditions. The Children's Health Pediatric Heart Failure Clinic is ready to help manage your child's health so they can focus on being a kid. View the brochure for the Heart Failure Program.
Turning Heart Failure into Heart Function
At Children's Health, our goal is for children with heart failure to live life as normally as possible. From the moment your child comes to the clinic, our expert pediatric heart failure specialists are here for you. We provide top-notch care and around-the-clock guidance for any questions or concerns you may have. Your child benefits from our:
- Dedicated clinic: Each week, our team sees children in our clinics that are devoted solely to pediatric heart failure patients. The clinics are located in downtown Dallas and north Dallas (Plano). Each clinic features state-of-the-art technology, making it easy for kids to receive treatment and follow-up care in two convenient locations.
- Pediatric heart failure specialists: Our physicians are board-certified pediatric cardiologists. Each of them has undergone specialized training focused on caring for children with heart failure. You and your child will get to know them as well as our experienced nurse practitioners, pharmacists, psychologists, social workers and care coordinators. Our whole team is committed to providing your child with the best care possible while helping you navigate the complex social, emotional and logistical challenges heart failure can bring.
- Access to experts: As part of your child’s treatment, our patient care coordinator provides you with contact information to reach our team 24/7. You’re never alone – if you have any questions or concerns about your child, we’re only a phone call away.
- Treatments: You may think your child’s heart failure automatically means they need a heart transplant, but this isn’t always the case. We help your child live a happy, productive life by providing the latest medical treatments and support to help them to avoid a transplant. This may include cutting-edge therapies, like biventricular pacing. This unique therapy for children with certain types of heart failure helps both sides of their heart beat in a more balanced way. Alternatively, children can be fitted with artificial pumps, called ventricular assistive devices (VADs), to help the heart.
- Genetic testing: Because certain heart conditions can be inherited, we provide genetic testing for children in our clinic. Genetic testing can provide more knowledge about your child’s prognosis, and, in some cases, can be used to determine which treatments are more likely to be effective.
- Transplantation: While many children improve with heart failure treatments, some situations are too severe and a heart transplant becomes necessary. We are one of the largest centers for children’s transplants – not only in the nation but in the world. Our internationally renowned team of heart transplant doctors will ensure your child received the best transplant care.
- Research commitments: We’re proud to participate in a variety of clinical research trials. We continually examine innovative new treatments, medications and pumps that may help your child, as well as future generations.
Heart Conditions We Treat
There are many reasons a child can develop heart failure. We treat children with heart failure that's caused by all heart conditions, including:
- Cardiomyopathy, which causes your child’s heart muscle to become thick and stiff
- Myocarditis, which causes your child’s heart muscle to become inflamed and swollen
- Congenital (from birth) heart disease
- Inherited heart disease
- Heart failure complications of cancer treatment or renal (kidney) disease