Congenital heart defects in children care at Mayo Clinic

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Mayo Clinic doctors trained in treating children with heart conditions (pediatric cardiologists), doctors trained in heart disease (cardiologists) and doctors trained in heart surgery (cardiovascular surgeons) work together as a team to treat people with congenital heart diseases.

Having all this expertise in a single place means that your child's care is discussed among the team, test results are available quickly, appointments are scheduled in coordination and the most highly specialized heart experts in the world are all working together for your child's health.

Advanced diagnosis and treatments

Doctors at Mayo Clinic have evaluated and treated adults and children with congenital heart disease for more than 60 years. Each year, doctors evaluate and treat more than 5,000 children with congenital heart disease.

Specialists at Mayo Clinic's Center for Congenital Heart Disease use the most modern technology and treatment options, including minimally invasive surgical and catheter-based therapies, to provide the best care possible for your child.

Pediatric expertise

Children with congenital heart disease are cared for in the Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota. The hospital includes a cardiovascular unit dedicated to pre- and post-surgical care of children who have congenital heart disease.

Nurses trained in treating children and adolescents with congenital heart disease staff the unit. Child-life specialists help you and your child deal with natural fears about illness, medical procedures and hospital care.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Children's Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.

The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

  1. Rare Heart Condition Turns Young Athlete into Advocate

    Growing up, Joe Meyer loved sports. In elementary school, he played basketball and baseball. The summer before he entered eighth grade, the Jacksonville, Florida, youth decided to give football a try. Before he took to the gridiron, Joe visited his pediatrician for sports physical. At that appointment, his doctor noticed a heart murmur. Joe, then [...]

  2. Putting Kieran's Heart Back Where it Belongs

    Caitlin Veitz never takes for granted just how special her daughter Kieran is. “She’s laid back, happy, wonderful,” Caitlin says. The circumstances around her birth, however, were not as serene. At her 20-week ultrasound, Caitlin learned her baby's heart was not where it was supposed to be and that it had developed outside of the [...]

  3. The Beat Goes On ? for Tom Grady

    In 1968, when I was just three months old, I was taken from my mother's arms and rushed into emergency surgery. My skin tone turned to a sky blue color, and the doctors caring for me knew they needed to act fast if they wanted to save me. They needed to get oxygen to my [...]

  4. Heidi Ash

    Mayo Clinic's 185th Heart Transplant Patient and her "Chocolat"

    I wish I knew more ways to say, ?Thank you?. I was given not just a second chance at life, but also a life with possibilities never imagined. Being born with congenital heart defects, my first open-heart surgery was performed when I was five-days-old. Six more heart surgeries followed before being tremendously fortunate to have [...]

Expertise and rankings

Decades of experience

Doctors at Mayo Clinic have evaluated and treated adults and children with congenital heart disease for more than 60 years. Each year, doctors evaluate and treat more than 5,000 children with congenital heart disease.

Leading-edge medicine

Specialists at Mayo Clinic's Center for Congenital Heart Disease use the most modern technology and treatment options, including minimally invasive heart surgery and catheter-based therapies, to provide the best care possible for you or your child.

Transplant expertise

When needed, Mayo Clinic also offers an experienced heart transplant program. Mayo Clinic's Transplant Center team members are leaders and innovators in heart transplant, immunosuppressive (anti-rejection) medicine and cardiac assist devices that help people live better while waiting for a donor heart.

Research

Mayo Clinic doctors conduct research in new diagnostic tests and treatments for congenital heart conditions and conduct clinical trials.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Children's Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.

With Mayo Clinic's emphasis on collaborative care, specialists at each of the campuses — Minnesota, Arizona and Florida — interact very closely with colleagues at the other campuses and the Mayo Clinic Health System.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's cardiac surgery and cardiovascular diseases departments' expertise and rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

June 17, 2017
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