Heart Center

Why Choose Us

Outcomes That Are Among the Best in the Nation

Cardiology and Heart Surgery U.S. News and World Report Best Children's Hospitals Badge

  • In 2020, U.S. News & World Report once again named Seattle Children’s among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals. Our Heart Center is one of the top-ranked programs of its kind in the United States, which means your child will be cared for by the very best.
  • Whether your child’s heart needs a simple repair, a complex procedure, or a transplant, our surgical outcomes are consistently among the best in the nation.
  • Our 4 pediatric cardiac surgeons perform more than 500 procedures each year. 
  • We have one of the busiest heart transplant centers in the nation. Our program has been named a Center of Excellence by Optum's Clinical Sciences Institute.
  • We have one of the highest 3-year survival rates among pediatric heart transplant centers in the country.
  • See more of our outstanding statistics and outcomes.

Experts Working Together, Ready to Partner with You

  • With more than 40 pediatric cardiologists, we have experience diagnosing and treating every kind of heart problem. Whether your child’s heart condition is mild or critical, we offer the full spectrum of cardiac care in a child-focused, healing environment.
  • We will discuss your child’s condition and treatment options in ways you can understand. We will work closely with you and your child’s referring physician to create a treatment plan to meet your child’s unique needs.
  • We will coordinate your child’s care with other pediatric specialties at Seattle Children’s, including neurodevelopmental, nutrition and feeding therapy, as needed.
  • Our doctors’ and nurses’ high level of skill is matched only by their care and commitment to helping your child live a full and active life.
  • Meet your care team.

Complete, Lifelong Cardiac Care

  • Dealing with heart disease can be scary and stressful. We have a variety of resources, from financial to spiritual, to support you in making this journey as smooth as possible.
  • Early detection of problems with a developing fetus means you have more time to make decisions and plan care. The cardiologists in our Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment Centerare able to make fast, accurate prenatal diagnoses . By combining our expertise with the latest technologies, we are able to detect congenital heart defects as early as 14 weeks’ gestation.
  • Our Arrhythmia Program provides comprehensive treatment and evaluation to children and teens with heart rhythm problems – from the simple to the complex.
  • In partnership with the University of Washington, we’ve created an Adult Congenital Heart Disease program to protect your child’s long-term health as they grow and transition to adulthood.

Advanced Treatments, Compassionate Care

  • We provide comprehensive care for pediatric heart failure – including options such as medicine, cardiac catheterizationventricular assist device and surgery – that can help delay or avoid a transplant.
  • If your child is born with a complex heart defect, we will work with you to create a personalized repair plan, supported and informed by the most advanced imaging techniques, including cardiac MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)echocardiography and 3-D imaging.
  • In our 16-bed pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), we offer the most specialized care and advanced technology available – along with comfort and privacy for you and your child.
  • When a child’s heart or lungs fail, their best chance at survival may be a heart-lung machine called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO. Our ECMO team has some of the nation’s best outcomes.

Innovations That Improve Children’s Lives

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  • Seattle Children’s was the first hospital in the Northwest to establish a team dedicated to pediatric interventional catheterization and electrophysiology procedures, many of which were developed here. Our cardiac catheter experts are developing more ways to replace or augment heart surgery. Their less-invasive techniques reduce complications and help children recover faster.
  • Heart doctors at Seattle Children’s are leaders in using new techniques, such as hybrid procedures, for children with complex heart problems. This approach combines surgery and cardiac catheterization. Hybrid procedures can be life saving for babies who are too sick to go through open-heart surgery.
  • We have one of the most comprehensive ventricular assist device (VAD) programs in the nation. Seattle Children's is 1 of only 2 sites on the West Coast selected for the Pumps for Kids, Infants and Neonates (PumpKIN) trial. It tests a new mechanical heart-assist device for very young children and newborns. Offering a wide variety of VADs means we can choose the device that best meets your child’s needs.
  • Seattle Children's Heart Transplant program was the first and remains the only program in our region to offer innovative treatments that include ABO blood group–mismatched transplants so babies do not have to wait as long for a transplant, and tissue typing, blood banking and immune-system treatments, so children who otherwise would not qualify for a heart transplant can be successfully transplanted.
  • Learn more about our research and clinical studies.

We’re Here for You When You Need Us

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  • We offer same- or next-day appointments for urgent cases. For most other needs, we offer appointments within 7 days.
  • For your convenience, our heart doctors see patients in many locations. From our main campus in Seattle to the Arctic Circle, our outreach program covers nearly a million square miles. We offer prenatal diagnosis and management at 7 sites in Washington and Alaska. See our full list of locations.
  • Many children and families travel to Seattle Children’s for heart surgery. Our community liaison can help you coordinate travel and housing related to your child’s care – so that you can stay focused on your child.
  • We have lots of experience helping families make the transition home safely – whether home is another city or a remote Alaskan village. Our regional nurse practitioner will work directly with your local providers to help your child return to your community.    
  • Our telemedicine program uses videoconferencing to connect you and your child with the heart experts at Seattle Children’s. 
  • Our expert cardiac surgeons also perform surgery at Mary Bridge Hospital as part of the Seattle Children’s and Mary Bridge Regional Cardiac Surgery Program.
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The Second Opinion That Saved Briella’s Life

  • Read how a second opinion and treatment at Seattle Children’s transformed a devastating diagnosis before birth into hope for a bright future.