Treating Pediatric Heart Disease
When your child is a heart patient at Providence, we take care of them like they are our own. Your heart care team will be at your family’s side for every step of your child’s treatment and recovery, whether it involves monitoring, medication, a procedure or surgery. We work with you to create a personalized care plan that includes emotional support and resources to help your whole family. You can be confident knowing that at Providence, your child is receiving expert care while feeling safe, listened to and loved.
Why Choose Us for Pediatric Heart Disease Care?
At Providence, we show up for the littlest hearts in a big way. We are committed to making a positive difference in every life we touch.
More About Pediatric Heart Disease
Pediatric heart disease is a heart condition in children. It may be congenital (present at birth) or develop after an illness or infection.
Testing and Diagnostics
Your child’s heart care team uses many different methods to find out which therapies work best. They look at their symptoms, other medical conditions and overall health, and they use the most advanced diagnostics to evaluate their condition. Depending on your child’s case, this may include one or more of the following:
- Blood test
- Chest X-ray
- CT angiography, coronary CT angiography
- CT imaging
- Diagnostic heart catheterization
- Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG)
- Exercise stress test/treadmill stress test
- MRI (cardiac)
- Peripheral arterial testing
Personalized Treatment for Pediatric Heart Disease
We know that no two patients are the same. This is why your child’s care team works with your family to design an individualized treatment plan for your child based on both their heart condition and their personal needs. Every treatment plan includes lifestyle changes to support your child’s recovery and long-term heart health.
Their care plan may include one or more of the following therapies:
- Aortic root surgery
- Aortic valve repair or replacement
- Atrial septal defect (ASD) closure
- Radiofrequency catheter ablation
- Heart valve repair, replacement or valvuloplasty
- Implantable cardio defibrillator (ICD)
- Mitral valve repair or replacement
- Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) closure
- Patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure
- Peripheral angioplasty or stent
- Prescription medications
- Septal myectomy
- Tricuspid valve repair or replacement
- Ventricular septal defect (VSD) closure
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Learn How Our Doctors Are Impacting Patients
The parents of five-year-old Elliot Naftzger were forced to drive three hours for their child’s routine heart monitoring. Her care team eased the family’s burden by helping place a portable echo machine in a clinic closer to home.
Our congenital heart disease patient Brian Forth had his first heart surgery as a baby at 18 months old. Nearly five decades later, he continues to trust Providence for his heart care. He had a second surgery at age 50, allowing him to get back to fishing and enjoying the great outdoors.
Meet the Team
At Providence, you'll have access to a vast network of dedicated and compassionate providers who offer personalized care by focusing on treatment, prevention and health education.