Mayo Clinic has been treating heart disease and heart-related conditions in children and adolescents for more than 50 years. Mayo Clinic physicians and researchers have contributed many new developments in the treatment of these conditions, among them helping to create the subspecialty of pediatric cardiology and congenital heart surgery.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for heart and heart surgery.
Each year, Mayo Clinic heart specialists treat 5,000 to 6,000 children and adolescents for congenital (present at birth) heart problems. Mayo's heart surgeons perform more than 550 operations annually to repair congenital heart defects. A team of physicians from the Center for Congenital Heart Disease works together to offer the latest diagnosis and treatment options.
Mayo Clinic offers the entire spectrum of pediatric heart care services from selecting the most appropriate medication for a condition to handling the most complex heart surgery or transplant. Cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, respiratory therapists and other medical professionals work as a team at Mayo Clinic to care for each patient and family's unique needs.
Mayo's pediatric and adult cardiologists collaborate closely to coordinate care as the patient ages at the same Mayo Clinic site for conditions that require lifelong treatment and follow-up. Pediatric patients typically transfer to a separate adult hospital or clinic, with new physicians and a new treatment team, as they transition from pediatric to adult care.
Mayo Clinic surgeons strive, whenever possible, to repair pediatric heart defects using small incisions and minimally invasive methods as an alternative to open-heart surgery. Some congenital heart defects are repaired with innovative hybrid (combined) procedures, performed by a cardiologist and a cardiac surgeon side-by-side.
Mayo Clinic offers leading-edge technology for diagnosing pediatric heart conditions, and the latest in devices that help the heart function properly. Mayo staff also make every effort to work with each family's insurance company to cover visits, treatment and surgery at Mayo Clinic.
Learn about Mayo Clinic's expertise in treating congenital heart diseases.