Research and Clinical Trials
Doctors and scientists in the Heart Center improve the lives of children by developing new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat heart problems.
Heart Failure Research
We are pursuing better ways to manage heart failure in children so they can live healthier lives. Our researchers:
- Develop tests to help diagnose and monitor heart failure
- Investigate ways to prevent deaths from sudden, unexpected cardiac arrest
- Develop ways to protect the heart and kidneys from injury during surgery
- Study diseases and health problems that happen at the same time as heart failure
Mechanical Heart Devices Research
We study and test innovative devices that support children when their hearts fail or are very weak. Our researchers:
- Develop safer, more effective heart devices
- Test advances in ventricular assist devices that are smaller and could be more efficient than today’s devices
- Help other hospitals improve outcomes for children on life support (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation)
Heart Transplant Research
At Seattle Children’s Heart Center, your child is cared for by doctors who are international leaders in advancing pediatric heart transplants. Because our doctors are also researchers, we continually improve our performance, techniques and patient outcomes. We also take part in research studies with other centers to improve care for children who need heart transplants. Learn more.
Heart Imaging Research
We use state-of-the-art imaging technology to study heart conditions and treatments. Our researchers collect and analyze images for studies led by Seattle Children’s and for studies by other hospitals and research organizations. This helps doctors understand heart conditions and identify the most effective treatments. Learn more.
We study the heart’s biology to discover new treatments. Our researchers pursue better treatments for Kawasaki disease and develop stem cell therapies that could someday regrow heart tissue and repair heart defects, without surgery. Learn more.
Participate in Research
Learn more about how and why to participate in research or clinical trials.
Ways to Help
Private donations help our researchers launch studies that could lead to lifesaving treatments. Email us to learn about supporting the Heart Center’s research.