Pediatric Heart Conditions

Nearly one out of every 100 babies is born with some form of heart defect, making congenital heart disease the single most common form of birth defect. 
Pediatric cardiologists at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis have made great strides in diagnosing congenital heart disease in children, and in perfecting the surgical repair of these defects. New pediatric heart treatments and technologies available at The Children’s Hospital continue to improve the outcomes for children born with a congenital heart defect or who acquire a heart condition as they are growing up.

Common Heart Conditions in Children We Treat

  • Atrial and ventricular septal defects - holes in the heart which affect the blood supply out of the heart
  • Patent ductus arteriosus - a common defect in premature infants which occurs when blood flows between the aorta and the pulmonary artery through an open passageway which normally closes within a few hours of birth
  • Pulmonary, aortic and subaortic stenosis and coarctation of the aorta - obstructions which restrict blood supply to the rest of the body
  • Tetralogy of Fallot - a rare condition caused by a combination of four heart defects that are present at birth
  • Common acquired diseases including:
    • Arrhythmias - irregular heartbeat
    • Cardiomyopathy - heart muscle abnormalities
    • Viral myocarditis - inflammation of the heart muscle caused by infections

Tests We Use to Diagnose Pediatric Heart Conditions

  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Chest X-ray
  • Echocardiography
  • Electrocardiography
  • Exercise testing
  • Holter monitoring (24-hour ECG recording of the heartbeat)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

More About Pediatric Heart Care at Saint Francis

For more information about our comprehensive care, please see these helpful pediatric heart care resources​ or call us at 918-494-7430.