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Seattle Children’s Heart Center

The most experienced pediatric cardiologists and heart surgeons in the Pacific Northwest.

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 cardialogists and cardiac surgeons 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.


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Seattle Children’s Heart Center has consistently been recognized as one of the best heart surgery and pediatric cardiology programs by U.S. News & World Report since it began ranking medical centers more than 30 years ago.

Meet Your Heart Center Team

Why Choose Us

At Seattle Children’s Heart Center, our outcomes are among the best in the nation for simple to complex heart procedures and transplants for children. Our heart surgeons perform more pediatric cardiac procedures than any other providers in the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) region.

99.5% Accuracy of prenatal diagnosis of heart conditions in 2023, 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)
850+ Procedures completed in 2023 in our cardiac catheterization lab, the largest of its kind in the region
97.37% Three-year patient survival rate for heart transplants (8% higher than the national average)

Our Heart Center Services

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Heart Surgery and Heart Transplant Program

Seattle Children’s pediatric heart surgeons are experts in all 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.

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Learn More About Heart Transplants

Hudson, Heart Center patient, and Forest Coyle, Therapeutic Gaming Specialist, fist bump while playing a game.​

Heart Failure Program

Seattle Children’s Heart Failure Program is the only one in the Pacific Northwest with the depth of expertise to offer every type of therapy for heart failure in children. We have the medical and surgical expertise, and the latest technology, to handle the most complex cases. Often this means we can improve a child’s heart function and quality of life and also avoid or delay a heart transplant. Each year, we provide coordinated, comprehensive care for more than 350 children with heart failure.

Learn About Heart Failure

Seattle Children's Heart Center patient makes a heart shape with her hands.

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 (or a heart catheter), our pediatric 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.

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Hudson, Seattle Children's Heart Center patient, practices walking during a rehab session with Physical Therapist , Kaycee Howell. ​

Customized Care Plans

Your child’s cardiology 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 pediatric heart care starts even before birth with our Fetal Diagnosis Program.

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Heart Center Patient Stories

Meet Hudson

When Hudson suddenly began experiencing symptoms of heart failure, his family made the trip from Eatonville, WA to Seattle Children's, where pediatric heart experts recommended a heart transplant. With compassionate care and comprehensive cardiac treatment, he got his new heart. Today, Hudson is the honorary captain of his hometown football team – and Seattle Children's is right there cheering him on.

Heart Conditions We Treat

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

Learn more about your child's treatment options

If you have a referral or would like a second opinion, please call us at 206-987-2515. A second opinion is a chance to confirm the features of your child's disease and get advice on the best treatment options.

Paying for Care

Learn about paying for care at Seattle Children's, such as insurance coverage, billing and financial assistance.

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