Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease
UW Health's comprehensive pediatric cardiac surgery program provides a wide range of surgical treatments for children with congenital heart disorders.
Each year, approximately 32,000 children are born with some type of congenital heart disorder. Congenital means existing at birth, rather than acquired later in life. Of these 32,000 children, approximately 10,000 are critically ill in the first year of life.
Congenital heart disorders range from simple physical abnormalities to complex diseases. Symptoms vary, depending on the type of disorder and the age of the child. Some children have no symptoms. Others have symptoms such as cyanosis, difficulty breathing or signs of heart failure. Yet others have symptoms that develop gradually throughout childhood.
Fortunately, medical and/or surgical intervention can cure certain congenital heart defects or help improve the quality of life for children with a congenital heart defect.
Conditions, Treatments and Procedures
- Blood Flow Obstructions
- Coarctation of the Aorta
- Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (PAPVR)
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
- Septal Defects