Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart
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Today, The Children's Hospital includes a team of
the world's most highly skilled pediatric and congenital heart specialists
among its staff of more than 100 pediatricians and pediatric specialists.
According to the American Heart Association, about
40,000 children are born with heart defects in the United States
each year. With an outstanding reputation for successfully handling
the most complex cases, the hospital's Center for Pediatric and
Congenital Heart Diseases serves as a worldwide referral and second
opinion center for patients of all ages with pediatric and congenital
heart disease (CHD).
Vast Experience and Excellent Outcomes
Cleveland Clinic pediatric heart surgeons, cardiologists and anesthesiologists
are among the most highly trained and experienced in the world.
In 2002, our physicians and surgeons evaluated more than 6,500 patients
of all ages with pediatric and congenital heart disease. In addition,
our team consists of the referring physician, the patient's family,
specially trained cardiac nurses, allied health professionals, social
workers and child life specialists.
Some CHD may be managed with medication. If intervention
is needed, our pediatric cardiologists can repair certain heart
defects in the cardiac catheterization laboratory using coils, stents
and implantable devices. These defects may be repaired through small
incisions in the groin, thus eliminating the need for open-heart
surgery. In 2002, our cardiologists performed 660 catheterizations,
216 of which were performed on adults. Our surgeons manage all forms
of congenital and acquired heart defects and routinely perform complex
surgeries not performed elsewhere. Our success rates, including
those for repairing defects in newborns, are high, and our complication
and mortality rates are low. For example, from July 1993 to June
2002, 4,058 surgeries were performed with an overall mortality rate
Heart Failure/Transplantation Services
The center's heart failure/transplantation team assesses and treats
children with heart failure. Alternatives to heart transplantation,
such as a mechanical heart, may offer lifesaving treatment or act
as a bridge to transplantation.
Our center's heart transplantation success rate ranks
higher than the national average. Additionally, the Cleveland Clinic's
Heart Transplant Program is one of only three centers worldwide
that has performed over 1,000 transplants.
Lifetime Care for Children and Adults
Adults with complex congenital heart defects require expert care.
Ours is the only center in Ohio and one of just a few in the nation
dedicated to the lifelong care of CHD patients. No other center
in the area manages patients over 18.
Each year, the center assesses more than 400 adults
with CHD. Since 1993, we have performed more than 500 surgeries
on adult patients with a mortality rate of 0.9%.
Leaders in Research, Innovation. Our center's cardiac
surgeons developed and perfected the double-switch operation for
complex transposition of the great arteries. Our cardiologists pioneered
the research that led to the development of devices to close holes
between the chambers of the heart. Our physician investigators are
sponsored by corporate and government organizations with the goal
of advancing treatment for patients with CHD.
The Value of a Multispecialty Center
Because heart defects are relatively rare, it is crucial to choose
a multispecialty medical center with a highly skilled and experienced
medical team. At The Cleveland Clinic, our physicians can diagnose
heart defects and determine management strategies before your child
is even born. Complicated and high-risk pregnancies are expertly
managed within our Level III perinatal center, and critically ill
newborns receive the highest level of care available in our Level
III neonatal intensive care unit.