Programs & Services | Overview
The following is a list of the Department of Cardiology’s extensive programs and services.
Offering a full range of inpatient and outpatient clinical services to adults with congenital heart disease and/or pulmonary hypertension, from diagnosis to cardiac catheterization and surgical repair.
- Boston Adult Congenital Heart Service: Offering long-term care and advanced therapeutic options for adolescents and adults with congenital heart disease.
While your child’s surgeon or cardiologist focuses complete attention on the demanding task of repairing a defective heart, the cardiac anesthesiologist carries out a series of behind-the-scenes tasks that positively affect the safety and success of the procedure.
Invasive cardiology is a set of techniques in which surgeons perform operations through very small incisions — roughly the size of a paper clip to allow cardiologists to make the proper diagnosis.
- Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory: Deploying both technical and strategic innovations in the management of an increasingly broad range of indications.
This registry is a collection of blood samples and clinical information that is used for research on the genetic causes of heart defects. Participation in a registry is different than participation in a specific study — the most important difference being that when donating to a registry, samples and information are used for a variety of studies related to congenital heart disease over a period of time.
Each year, the 42-bed Cardiac Inpatient Unit at Boston Children's Hospital provides around-the-clock care and monitoring to thousands of children — and adults — with acquired or congenital heart defects, from simple to complex cases.
Caring for children with heart problems who are at higher risk for developmental learning and behavioral problems.
Our team are legends in the field of managing cardiac tumors in children. Cardiac tumors are most commonly diagnosed with the aid of echocardiography and magnetic resonance imaging, and our expertise in this diagnostic area leads to better defined surgical interventions.
One of the world’s oldest, largest, and most-experienced pediatric programs, our size ensures that most of our child cardiologists subspecialize in a specific type of disorder, meaning your child’s doctor will know about your child’s condition inside and out, including the very latest treatments.
Providing advanced diagnostic and therapeutic options for infants, children, and adolescents diagnosed with cardiomyopathy.
Boston’s Children’s clinicians have helped to diagnose more than 250 patient families with periventricular nodular heterotopia (PVNH) over the past 20 years. Our clinic has an interdisciplinary team of neurologists, genetics, genetic counselors, cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, and other medical specialties to give a comprehensive approach to your child’s disease.
Providing clinical care, information, and resources for patients and families with a cardiac diagnosis in the setting of a recognized or suspected genetic condition, or a family with inherited cardiovascular disease.
With our dedicated team of adult and pediatric cardiologists, we have developed a unique program that determines cardiovascular issues in patients who have survived childhood cancer, by a routine, less-invasive diagnostic process that determines which patients have cardiovascular issues earlier. This enables earlier interventions to optimize patient outcomes.
Boston Children’s Hospital has assumed a leadership role in the development of pediatric cardiac intensive care as a specialized service, and we’ve continued to expand our cardiac intensive care team over the years.
Developing innovative approaches to redesign ventricle function in utero and as early as possible to optimize long-term patient outcomes.
Continuing to develop innovative catheter-based and surgical approaches for the preservation and restoration of valvular function in infants, children, and young adults.
The Boston Children’s Division of Cardiac Imaging is among the largest, most advanced programs in the world. It is staffed by more than 20 physicians, all specifically trained in cardiac imaging in children and adults with congenital heart disease.
- Stress Echocardiography Service: This technique examines what happens to the heart during a period of stress, either produced by medications or by exercise. Images of the heart are examined during periods of stress and compared to the resting echocardiogram.
Specializing in catheter ablation, pacemaker, and defibrillator implant, and management of genetic arrhythmias, the program is one of the world’s largest for pediatric arrhythmia care.
Leveraging the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art technology to obtain the most reliable and clinically useful data. Formal exercise testing can provide valuable and objective insights into a patient’s cardiopulmonary condition and capacity.
The largest, most experienced fetal cardiac intervention program in the world.
The Fontan Clinic at Boston Children’s serves children and adults born with a single ventricle heart defect who have had a Fontan procedure. Ours is one of the few programs in the country that offers holistic, individualized care for Fontan patients of all ages.
As the largest program of its kind in the U.S., we utilize a wide range of advanced heart therapies to support pediatric heart function, helping to delay or completely avoid need for heart transplant while improving heart function.
Evaluates children who are potential candidates for transplantation and manages the care of those who have received transplanted hearts.
Heart-Lung Transplant Program
Evaluates children who are potential candidates for transplantation, and manages the care of those who have received transplanted hearts and lungs.
The Heterotaxy Program at Boston Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive care to infants and children with heterotaxy.
Delivering a whole-family approach to better detect and support patients who have genetic inherited arrhythmias.
Offering coordinated care for patients with Kawasaki disease, both during the acute phase and in long-term follow-up.
Neonatal Cardiac Care Program
Saving children’s hearts the moment they are born by leveraging the most innovative imaging techniques to develop specific plans for intervention; focusing on the least invasive approach possible, this leads to superior outcomes for your baby.
- Neonatal Surgery: Boston Children’s CV surgeons are leaders in the field of neonatal cardiac surgery and have developed techniques to operate on tiny babies hearts while they are still beating.
Providing diagnosis and a range of treatment options for patients with pulmonary hypertension.
Providing services to children aimed at identifying and medically managing cholesterol and blood pressure problems early in life, with the goal of preventing heart attack or stroke later in life.
Pulmonary Vascular Recovery Program
Our specialized training in pediatric cardiology means that we understand the unique challenges, circumstances, and intricacies of working with young people who have heart disease and other heart ailments.
Providing care to patients diagnosed with pulmonary vein stenosis, utilizing a multidisciplinary team of doctors and nurses with expertise in the fields of cardiology, radiology, pathology and neuro-oncology.
The Single Ventricle Program at Boston Children’s Hospital provides care for all single ventricle heart conditions, including the most complex, in an environment that supports your whole family.
Utilizing a wide range of advanced heart therapies to support pediatric heart function, helping to delay or completely avoid need for heart transplant while improving heart function.