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Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

With more than 500 admissions per year, our 32-bed facility is the largest dedicated pediatric cardiac intensive care unit in Texas

Our experienced team in the cardiac intensive care unit (CICU) is committed to helping your child recover quickly and safely from heart surgery, catheter-based procedures, advanced treatments or complications from cardiac conditions. We consistently care for over 500 patients per year, offering an unmatched level of expertise in the region for heart care. Since you know your child best, we work closely with you for your input during their ongoing care.

Conditions We Treat

  • Aorto-Left Ventricular Fistula
  • Bicuspid Aortic Valve-Associated Aortopathy
  • Cardiac Tumors
  • Conduits, valved or nonvalved
  • Congenital Contractual Arachnodactyly (Beals-Hecht Syndrome)
  • Cyanotic Congenital Heart (all forms)
  • Double-Outlet Ventricle
  • Duchenne and Becker Dystrophinopathy
  • Ebstein's Anomaly
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Eisenmenger Syndrome
  • Endocarditis
  • Familial Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • Infundibular Right Ventricular Outflow Obstruction of Significance
  • Interrupted Aortic Arch
  • Loeys-Dietz Syndrome
  • Myocarditis
  • MASS Phenotype
  • Mitral Atresia
  • Pericarditis
  • Pulmonary Vascular Obstructive Diseases
  • Single Ventricle (also called double inlet or outlet, common or primitive
  • Sinus of Valsalva Fistula/Aneurysm
  • Sinus Venosus Atrial Septal Defect
  • Subvalvular or Supravalvular Aortic Stenosis (except HOCM)
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm and Patent Ductus Arteriosus

We treat all pediatric congenital and acquired heart conditions, but these are among the most common we treat.

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Experienced care for complex heart conditions


Every day, we treat children who are managing serious heart conditions. Our experienced team understands the challenges and struggles children and families face in the CICU.

We are committed to coming together to find the solutions and care for your child’s needs. This is what drives us to work seamlessly as a team and communicate openly and honestly at every stage of your child’s treatment.

Advanced care for better outcomes

Our CICU offers the latest advancements in care, including 24/7 monitoring and state-of-the-art technology. Our experienced team is ready to respond immediately to your child’s changing needs. The cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists, cardiac nurses, nurse practitioners, therapists and nutritionists work together across disciplines to ensure your child always receives the highest quality, compassionate care.

Putting families first

Our team’s unwavering dedication to family-centered care has been instrumental in our ability to deliver quality treatment. Rounds performed twice a day are conducted at patient bedsides where the family’s input is highly valued. These efforts have helped us achieve exemplary scores on patient surveys.

  • We’re here to help you feel confident when it’s time for your child to go home after treatment or surgery. Our large, comfortable rooms have plenty of space for you to stay overnight with your child. 
There’s a very special bond when somebody cares for your child during those type of moments. The relationships that we’ve developed with the practitioners, doctors and nurses are like family to us.
Chelsey, Patient
  • We ask for your input on your child’s care and encourage you to participate in conversations during daily rounds and with care providers.
  • We encourage you to help care for your child while they are in the hospital, including changing diapers, feeding, bathing and participating in other care opportunities.
  • Our Mended Little Hearts program provides you with much-needed support by connecting families that are managing a child’s congenital (from birth) heart disease.

Meet the Care Team