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"The care of critically ill infants with obstructed anomalous pulmonary venous return requires a multidisciplinary team of cardiac ICU doctors and nurses, non-invasive cardiologists and surgeons to
"We can really make a difference for children with aortic valve stenosis. For many kids, undergoing (catheterization) means they're very likely to get through childhood without ever needing surgery on
An arrhythmia is an abnormal rhythm of the heart, which can cause the heart to pump less effectively. It: often occurs in people who don’t have underlying heart disease occurs more frequently in
An atrial septal defect (ASD) is a congenital heart defect (meaning that a baby is born with it) in which the wall that separates the baby’s upper heart chambers, or the atria, doesn’t close
If your infant or child has been diagnosed with atrioventricular canal defect (AV canal), an understanding of the condition will help you to cope with this unusual but treatable congenital (present at
Bacterial endocarditis is an infection of the lining of the heart. Bacteria (germs) enter the bloodstream and lodge inside the heart, where they multiply and cause infection. Bacterial endocarditis
Overview A cardiac tumor is a growth that develops in the heart. The majority of cardiac tumors are benign, meaning they are non-cancerous and are not likely to spread. See why we're #1 Boston
Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle characterized by an abnormally large, thickened, and/or stiffened heart muscle. It may affect only the heart’s lower chambers (ventricles) or both the
Boston Children's Hospital is here with expert help if your infant or child has been diagnosed with coarctation of the aorta (COA). While this condition is very serious, Boston Children’s has vast
"We make a commitment to our patients that we will leave no stone unturned to take care of a child with a heart condition. We will think outside the box, and we will look into any possible option that
A congenital heart defect (CHD) is a heart problem that’s present at birth. It’s caused by improper development of the heart during fetal development. 1 percent of babies are born with a CHD. Nine out
A coronary artery fistula is an abnormal connection between one of the coronary arteries and a heart chamber or another blood vessel. Coronary artery fistula is a rare condition. Infants who are born
If your infant or child has been diagnosed with double outlet right ventricle (DORV), an understanding of the condition will help you to cope with this very rare congenital (present at birth) heart
"Parents have peace of mind knowing that Boston Children's uses the most innovative technologies and therapies for their child." --David Harrild, MD, PhD, assistant in Cardiology If your infant or
If your child has been diagnosed with fragile X syndrome, you may be feeling overwhelmed. Remember that seeking out information is not only necessary but empowering—it allows you to partner with your
A heart murmur is an extra or unusual sound heard during a heartbeat. Murmurs range from quite faint to very loud. There are two types of heart murmurs: innocent (harmless) and abnormal. People who
If a prenatal ultrasound has revealed that your baby will be born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)—or if your infant has been diagnosed with HLHS—an understanding of the condition will help
Pericarditis is a condition in which the sac-like covering around the heart (pericardium) becomes inflamed. often causes chest pain usually sudden and short-lived (acute) chest pain occurs when the
Patent ductus arteriosus is a congenital heart condition in which the ductus, a small opening or pathway between the pulmonary and aortic valves, remains open or patent. In most cases, the ductus
"One thing that sets Boston Children's apart is our experience performing catheter-based procedures. This avoids the need to do open heart surgery." --Catherine Allan, MD, assistant in Cardiology If
Overview Perichondritis is an infection of the skin and tissue surrounding the cartilage of the outer ear. Perichondritis is usually caused by injury to the ear as a result of: ear piercing sports
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is abnormally high blood pressure that occurs in the arteries of the lungs (the pulmonary arteries). Some cases of PH have no identifiable cause (idiopathic pulmonary
What is a septal defect? A septal defect is a hole in the septum, which is the muscle wall that separates the heart's left and right chambers. A septal defect is sometimes called "a hole in the heart.
"Single ventricle defects encompass a large spectrum of disorders, most of which require a series of staged surgeries. At Children's we treat a large volume of these and many other congenital heart
Syncope is the medical term for fainting. It’s a temporary loss of consciousness and muscle tone that occurs when not enough blood goes to the brain. Fainting affects people of all ages. More than 100
"Surgery for tetralogy of Fallot even 30 years ago was very good, but we continue to improve our medical and surgical management of this condition. Recent advances at Children's and elsewhere have
If your infant or child has been diagnosed with tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia (also known as ToF/PA or tet-atresia), an understanding of the condition will help you to cope with this rare
"Parents have peace of mind knowing that Boston Children's uses the most innovative technologies and therapies for their child." --David Harrild, MD, assistant in Cardiology If your infant or child
Total or partial anomalous pulmonary venous return (TAPVR or PAPVR) is a rare heart defect in which a child’s pulmonary veins don’t connect normally to the left atrium. Instead they’re re-directed to
If your infant or child has been diagnosed with tricuspid atresia (TA), an understanding of the condition will help you to cope with this very rare congenital (present at birth) heart defect. In
"We have an unusually large, interdisciplinary cardiovascular team, including cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, anesthesiologists, intensive care specialists, nurses, respiratory therapists, social
What is a ventricular septal defect? A ventricular septal defect is a congenital defect in which there is a hole in the wall between the two lower chambers of the heart, known as the right and left
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