Congenital Heart Center

When your child needs heart care, it can be scary. At Medical City Children's Hospital, we offer a core team of cardiovascular specialists who treat congenital (present at birth) heart abnormalities and heart disease in pediatric patients.

Our facility is home to both Medical City Children's Hospital and Medical City Dallas, so we are uniquely qualified to treat hearts of all sizes and offer continuous care throughout your child's life.

For more information about our Congenital Heart Center, please call (866) 362-4243.

The pediatric heart team at Medical City Children's works with subspecialty-trained, board-certified cardiologists, nurses, respiratory therapists and specialists from related fields to ensure your little one receives the most comprehensive care possible.

Should your child need it, our Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides the highest level of NICU care in Dallas, and our dedicated children’s emergency room (ER) has private rooms with space for you to stay with your child.

We also offer a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Medical City Children's if your child has a life-threatening illness.

Congenital heart conditions we treat

Our cardiac specialists provide treatment for a variety of conditions, including:

  • Absent pulmonary valve
  • Anomalous left coronary artery
  • Aortic stenosis
  • Atrial septal defect
  • Atrioventricular canal defect
  • Double aortic arch
  • Double outlet right ventricle
  • Fetal cardiac dysfunction
  • Heart murmur
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Hypoplastic right heart syndrome
  • Interrupted aortic arch
  • Patent ductus arteriosus
  • Pulmonary atresia
  • Pulmonary valve stenosis
  • Septal defects
  • Single ventricle anomalies
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Total anomalous pulmonary venous connection
  • Tricuspid atresia
  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Ventricular septal defect

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome

At Medical City Children's, pediatric cardiologists are able to treat hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). In HLHS, the heart can't function properly, so babies with condition can't get the oxygen-rich blood they need to survive.

HLHS is a rare, congenital heart abnormality that occurs when the aorta, aortic valve, left ventricle and mitral valve on the left side of the heart are too small, absent or not properly developed.

Heart diagnostics

Early detection of congenital heart abnormalities allows more careful planning of future care. With a fetal echocardiogram, we can identify certain heart problems as early as 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

Using fetal detection to find potential problems (in utero) gives us the ability to provide treatment best suited for your child's needs. As soon as an abnormality is discovered, our congenital heart doctor or surgeon meets with you and your partner to answer questions and review treatment options.

Cardiac catheterization

Medical City Children’s Hospital provides the latest in cardiac catheterization (cath) technology to perform minimally invasive, routine tests and noninvasive surgical procedures for congenital heart conditions. A cardiac cath test is performed by physicians to identify heart and blood vessel problems.

Many children with congenital heart problems will have a heart cath at some point in their treatment, and some children may need to have the test multiple times. Children are under anesthesia throughout the entire procedure, which usually lasts two to three hours.

Accredited echocardiology lab

Our specialists use a full array of innovative diagnostic techniques for identifying congenital heart abnormalities, including fetal echocardiography, cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and 3D computerized tomography (CT) scanning.

Our pediatric echocardiology lab is fully accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission and uses ultrasound equipment to visualize the beating heart in real time. We also use advanced technologies to help evaluate children with complex congenital heart disease.

Heart surgery

Heart surgery requires advanced expertise and a team of specialists to perform, which is exactly what we offer to ensure this complex procedure goes smoothly.

After surgery, your child recovers in the Congenital Heart Center, a special area focused on caring for newborns, children and adolescents with heart conditions. Additionally, pediatric intensivists are present 24 hours a day to provide high-level intensive care.

To learn more about our pediatric heart surgery options, please call (866) 362-4243.

Child Life Services

Child Life Services, a department at Medical City Children's Hospital, provides invaluable resources for helping your child cope with surgery and other medical procedures. The specialists use play therapy, videos, games, music and more, to help explain things in ways children can understand.

The aim is to help relieve stress, provide distraction and make the experience less scary. This service is available upon request.

For more information about Child Life Services, please call (972) 566-2879.

If you are in need of a social worker, please call (972) 566-4987.

Amazing Little Hearts support group

Families who have a child diagnosed with a congenital heart abnormality can benefit from connecting with people who have had or are having similar experiences. That's why parents of former Medical City Children's Hospital patients lead a congenital heart support group called Amazing Little Hearts.

The mission of Amazing Little Hearts is to provide families affected by congenital heart disease with compassionate care and support. Families meet monthly to share experiences, encouragement and advice.

Visit Amazing Little Hearts to learn more.

Finding our pediatric cardiology team

Our congenital heart program unit is located at 7777 Forest Lane in the Children's Tower, Building A. Parking is available on site for a small fee.

Pediatric cardiology at Medical City Healthcare

Pediatric cardiology is a branch of medicine that specializes in diagnosing and treating heart conditions in children. Pediatric cardiologists provide care for patients with heart conditions before birth and into adulthood.

Learn about Pediatric cardiology