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Heart Failure and Transplant Program

Heart Failure and Transplant Program

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Your child’s heart condition certainly can feel scary to your child and alarm you. We get how tough it can be, especially at the start. With our heart failure and transplant team, you’ll quickly find that your child is in extremely competent hands. This team will customize your child’s care, relying on the most proven and innovative medical and surgical treatments. These can range from heart transplantation to advanced medical management to circulatory-assist devices using the newest technologies available.

Why parents choose us

  • More than 80 children have received heart transplants since the center’s inception in 1981.

  • Our doctors have helped several children who were high-risk patients with advanced pulmonary hypertension or heart failure from congenital heart disease.

  • The youngest heart transplant patient was 1 month old.

  • Our program's longest heart transplant survivor received his heart in 1986. His is the longest survival rate on record for a pediatric heart transplant in the United States.

  • Our center is one of only 22 transplant programs in the country and the only hospital in the Twin Cities mtro area approved to implant the Berlin Heart® into children. This mechanical device helps pump blood to the body. Without it, some children who need a transplant might die while waiting. In other cases, the pump can help heal the heart so that no transplant is necessary.

  • In 2008, a pediatric patient was able to successfully wean off the Berlin Heart. He is now healthy and active, and no longer needs a heart transplant.

We specialize in helping your child and you receive the most considerate and compassionate care. Our track record as specialists is nationally recognized, but you’ll find our patient-friendly approach to care to be equally remarkable. The physical health of your child and the emotional well-being of the entire family during a difficult illness is our top priority.


View our Pediatric Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Program fact sheet. (PDF)

Care Team

Pediatric Heart Transplant Medicine

Pediatric Heart Transplant Surgery

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.

News and Updates

  • Dr. James St. Louis, co-director of The Heart Center, performed successful heart surgery on baby Nolan on Aug. 9, 2012. The three-part newspaper series about Nolan and his professional baseball player father, Shawn Wooten, appeared in the Orange County Register.

  • The Heart Center includes a cardiovascular intensive care unit and renovated outpatient clinic spaces. Our center offers a full range of heart care and treatments for children, including ablation, ventricular-assist devices, catheterization, surgery, and transplant. In partnership with the University of Minnesota, The Heart Center provides a variety of clinical trials and therapies to ensure the best possible outcomes for heart patients. We collaborate with health care professionals from around the world to treat children with congenital and acquired heart defects. Our specialists have earned national and international recognition for leading-edge heart research and comprehensive care.

  • The Pediatric Echocardiography Department at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital earned accreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in May 2012. This national recognition applies to both pediatric and fetal echocardiography. Echocardiography is an ultrasound diagnostic tool for the heart. Accreditation by the IAC means that University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital has successfully demonstrated, and has completed a rigorous review of, operational and technical competencies in compliance with national standards of care. We are proud to display the IAC Seal of Accreditation in Echocardiography.
     
  • Watch the video of a 3-year-old whose home has become University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital while she waits for a heart transplant. This story emphasizes the need for organ donations. KARE 11
     
  • Watch this fun-loving 6-year-old Valeria who found hope and a new heart in Minnesota thanks to The Heart Center team at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital. WCCO

  • Drs. James St. Louis and Dan Gruenstein at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital work to mend a baby's broken heart. Christopher was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and is doing well after the first of three surgeries he will need to survive his condition. KARE-TV
 
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