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Heart Center

Heart care that changes children’s lives

We have helped hundreds of children, such as Eddie, who have congenital and acquired heart defects, lead normal healthy lives.

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University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital has been selected as a clinical site in an NHLBI trial of new technology for blood circulation in infants and children. The PumpKIN trial (Pumps for Kids, Infants and Neonates) will use two types of advanced heart support devices to treat children who have failing hearts. This ground-breaking study includes 22 premier children’s hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Our selection was supported by the success of the Berlin Heart Program, introduced by the University in 2008. James St. Louis, MD, Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Rebecca Ameduri, MD, Medical Director of the Pediatric Heart Failure and Transplant Program, and Gwenyth Fischer, MD, Director of the Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium, will lead this 5-year study. The two devices will be available for clinical use early 2014.

The Heart Center Annual Report (PDF) highlights our work and accomplishments.

Why parents choose us
  • Dedicated heart surgeons and specialists who work together to repair heart defects in children
  • A 12-bed intensive care unit exclusively for heart patients 
  • Private rooms that help avoid infections and other complications
  • Academic research and skilled practitioners

Innovation with children in mind

  • The Melody Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve®—the first transcatheter valve approved for children—restores pulmonary valve function, delays open heart surgery as long as possible 
  • Our state-of-the-art pediatric hybrid catheterization lab combines surgery and catheter-based treatments for children
  • We were first in Minnesota to implant a Berlin Heart EXCOR® pediatric ventricular-assist device, which keeps the heart beating while a child waits for a heart donor 
  • We conducted the first Stage I Hybrid Norwood in the Upper Midwest, a nonsurgical treatment of hypoplastic left heart syndrome, or underdeveloped mitral valve, left ventricle, aortic valve and aorta
  • First successful open-heart surgery using hypothermia
  • First repair of a ventricular-septal defect, a hole in one of the heart’s chambers 
  • First repair of tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect with three or four malformations (including narrowing of the valve that pumps blood to the lungs [pulmonary stenosis], an aorta that connects both ventricles, a ventricular septal defect and thickened right ventricular wall)
  • First use of a pacemaker
     
Our cardiologists see patients in the Twin Cities area with state-of-the-art services such as ablation, ventricular-assist devices, catheterization, surgery and transplantation. To make an appointment, click here or call 612-365-6777.

The Heart Center Care Team

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Nutrition

Pediatric Cardiology

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Health Care Support

Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.

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Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.
 
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