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Seattle Children's Heart Center

Our Heart Surgery Outcomes Are Among the Best in the Nation

At Seattle Children’s Heart Center, we diagnose and treat every kind of heart problem. Whether your child’s condition is mild or critical, we offer all the cardiac care they need in a child-focused, healing environment. It’s why so many families seek treatment here for complex congenital heart defects and other heart diseases. We help you coordinate travel and housing so you can stay focused on your child.

Our pediatric cardiac surgeons and interventional cardiologists have more advanced training and experience operating and performing procedures on babies, children and teens than at any other children's hospital in the Pacific Northwest.


Meet Your Heart Center Team

Why Choose Us

100% Accuracy of prenatal diagnosis of heart conditions in 2021, some identified as early as 14 weeks
500+ Pediatric heart surgeries performed each year (more than any other group of providers in the Pacific Northwest)
700+ Procedures completed in 2021 in our cardiac catheterization lab, the largest of its kind in the region
96.3% One-year patient survival rate for heart transplants (4.7% higher than the national average)

Our Heart Center Services

Dr McMullan examines a pediatric patient

Heart Surgery

Seattle Children’s board-certified pediatric heart surgeons are experts in the full spectrum of procedures from simple, like closing a hole in the heart, to complex, like switching the placement of major blood vessels. We performed a successful transplant for a baby the day he was born, making him the youngest infant in the Pacific Northwest to receive a new heart.

Learn more about heart surgery

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Cardiac Catheterization and Hybrid Procedures

Each year, we help hundreds of children avoid open-heart surgery by using new techniques and innovative devices. With cardiac catheterization, our cardiologists can treat heart valve disease, such as aortic or pulmonary stenosis, and many other conditions. For certain complex heart problems, we perform hybrid procedures, which combine catheterization and surgery.

Learn more about cardiac catheterization

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Customized Care Plans

Your child’s care is custom-made for them. Seattle Children’s offers more than a dozen specialized clinics and programs within the Heart Center to diagnose, treat and, when needed, provide ongoing care and support for specific heart problems, like heart failure and single-ventricle defects. Individualized care starts even before birth with our Fetal Diagnosis Program.

Learn more about our programs

Patient Success Stories

Mya with Marcel in the snow

Mya’s Story

Before her fourth birthday, Mya Garcia went through 2 heart transplants. Now a thriving teen, she fought hard to survive. At every turn, her team at Seattle Children’s Heart Center applied the most advanced treatments available and provided the support that gave her family hope.

“It was such a difficult journey because I thought I’d lose her so many times. I wondered if her care team could keep her alive despite all she went through, and they did an amazing job. I can’t thank them enough. They’re like a second family to her.”

Jamie Gonzalez, whose daughter Mya is thriving after heart transplantation at Seattle Children’s

Conditions We Treat

We offer diagnosis and treatment from birth through young adulthood for the whole range of heart diseases, including these:

Contact the Heart Center at 206-987-2515 for an appointment, a second opinion or more information.

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