A congenital heart defect is the most common birth defect in America, affecting one in 100 newborn babies. There are many different types of congenital heart defects and cardiac treatment options for infants, children, teenagers and young adults.
Testing Your Child's Heart
Children's offers the complete range of testing options for cardiac conditions from a physical exam to electrocardiograms. We also perform among the highest volume of cardiac testing in the country—more than 70,000 noninvasive procedures in 2010:
- More than 300 cardiac MRI scans
- Nearly 1300 patients received diagnostic testing or treatment in the cardiac cath lab
Treating Congenital Heart Defects
At the Children’s Sibley Heart Center, we are prepared to test and treat children with all types of heart problems. Recent breakthroughs in cardiac research and technology have opened doors to new potential for children with heart disease.
For example, Children's is the first pediatric hospital in Georgia to perform the Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve therapy, which can restore pulmonary valve function without open heart surgery.
Care is also provided for pre- and post-operative cardiac patients who may have the following:
- Chest tubes
- Internal or external pacemakers
- Vasoactive drips and/or central venous lines
- Stents and other devices