Heart Treatments and Services

Seattle Children’s Heart Center is able to treat all heart problems – from the mild to the most complex. We treat your whole child, not just their medical symptoms. Members of your child’s care team have special training not only in their field, but also in the unique needs of children and adolescents.

We provide the full range of general and highly specialized cardiology services – both for heart problems that develop before birth (congenital) and for problems that may happen later in life (acquired):

  • People born with heart defects need lifelong care from diagnosis through adulthood. The Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Program shared by Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) can help meet your child’s long-term healthcare needs – whether your child is new to our Heart Center or has been coming here for years. Read more.

  • Our Arrhythmia Program provides comprehensive treatment and evaluation to children and teens with heart rhythm problems – from the simple to the complex. Read more.

  • Our Blood Conservation Program offers unique options for families who prefer that their child not receive blood products or a blood transfusion. We are dedicated to providing the best medical and surgical care for your child while respecting your religious, cultural and personal values about receiving stored or donated blood. Read more.

  • Instead of requiring surgery, many conditions are treated in our state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratories. Seattle Children’s cardiologists are leaders in providing safe and effective diagnostic and interventional catheterization and electrophysiology procedures for newborns, children and adolescents. Read more.

  • We help parents understand the role their genes may play in a child’s heart condition. Read more.

  • We have a special intensive care unit for our Heart Center patients created with patients, families and caregivers in mind. Read more.

  • Echocardiograms are ultrasounds of the heart, a simple and pain-free way to look at a child’s heart before and after birth. We do more than 1,000 “echos” every month. In addition to routine pediatric echocardiograms, we provide a number of specialized services. Read more.

  • When your child’s heart or lungs are not able to work on their own or with medicines or mechanical ventilation, extracorporeal life support (ECLS) can provide support long enough for them to heal and take over again. Seattle Children’s has the largest ECLS program for babies, children and teens in the Northwest. We provide all types of ECLS, including ECMO, VAD and total artificial heart. Read more.

  • Get early diagnosis, genetics counseling and post-delivery treatment planning for you and your baby. Read more.

  • Our pediatric heart surgeons are experts in the entire range of heart procedures – from simple to complex – for premature infants through young adults. Read more.

  • Seattle Children’s Heart Transplant Program provides compassionate, state-of-the-art care to infants, children and teens. We have the medical expertise and technology to handle even the most complex cases. Read more.

  • Treatments that combine surgery and cardiac catheterization are the best option for some children. Seattle Children’s is a leader in hybrid heart procedures for children, in both the number and types of procedures we perform. Read more.

  • Seattle Children’s Kawasaki Disease Clinic is staffed by pediatric cardiologists who are experts in diagnosing and treating patients with Kawasaki disease. Read more.

  • Our team provides anesthesia to children undergoing full heart surgery, cardiac catheterization procedures and electrophysiological (EP) studies. Read more.

  • Seattle Children’s has the only clinic in the region for children with high blood pressure in their lungs. Read more.

  • Our cardiologists provide in-person consults for inpatients at several regional hospitals. Read more.

  • We have the medical and surgical expertise to handle even the most complex types of single-ventricle defects, from prenatal diagnosis through treatment and lifelong follow-up care. Read more.

  • A VAD is a mechanical pump a surgeon implants inside or outside your child’s chest and connects to the heart during open-heart surgery. It can be used for patients waiting for a heart transplant or for patients whose heart muscle needs to rest. Our VAD program is part of a comprehensive approach to caring for children and adolescents with complex congenital heart disease. Read more.