It's hard to imagine a teeny-tiny baby having big heart problems. It's even harder to imagine how big doctors mend those little hearts. But, the pediatric heart care specialists and surgeons at The Children's Hospital are up to the task - just ask the thousands of children treated here each year.
Total Pediatric Heart Care from Detection through Rehabilitation
One out of every 100 babies is born with some type of congenital heart disease
. Identifying heart disease early in kids is just as important as it is in adults. How early? The Children's Hospital pediatric cardiology program seeks to detect heart problems before a child is even born. With the aid of fetal echocardiography, our physicians can begin treatment the instant a child is born.
Infants and children with suspect heart trouble are referred to a cardiologist who is specially trained in a full range of pediatric heart treatments
. Our cardiologists correct many problems with cardiac catheter procedures, though sometimes surgery is necessary.
Preparing your child - and yourself - for a heart procedure or surgery can be a challenge. Most toddlers aren't impressed by our physicians' credentials or surgical suites just for children. On top of that, Mom and Dad are usually terrified. Our pediatric heart care staff explains your child's procedure with the help of drawings and even rag dolls. These "heart dolls" show young children where their "heart boo-boo" is and how it will be fixed. A pre-operative tour through anesthesia and surgery also prepares you and your family for surgery.
After their procedure, little heart patients recover in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
, one-of-a-kind in eastern Oklahoma. The PICU offers advanced medical treatment as your child recovers.
Extended Heart Care through our Outreach Clinics
Our pediatric cardiology program extends to branches in Tahlequah and Bartlesville through our outreach program. Young children unable to travel can receive treatment at these outreach clinics. Many children are also flown in from a wide region covering eastern Oklahoma, southwestern Kansas, southwestern Missouri and northwestern Arkansas.
Learn More About Pediatric Cardiology at Saint Francis
For more information, see these helpful pediatric heart care resources
or call us at 918-494-7430.