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Malachi, a patient treated for a congenital heart defect at Seattle Children's

Treating Congenital Heart Defects

If your child has a complex heart defect, Seattle Children's team has the medical and surgical expertise your child may need to not only survive, but thrive—from prenatal diagnosis through treatment and lifelong follow-up care.

Read on to learn why U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Seattle Children's Heart Center as one of the nation's top pediatric cardiology and heart surgery centers.

558 # of heart surgeries Seattle Children's did last year (the most of any pediatric hospital in the Pacific Northwest)
100% Accuracy of Seattle Children's prenatal evaluations in 2019. We diagnose complex defects as early as 14 weeks.
40+ Board-certified pediatric surgeons and cardiologists


Olivia, a patient treated for a congenital heart defect at Seattle Children's

"It was a scary experience that nobody wants to go through, but I want to thank everyone at the hospital for being there for us and answering every question that we had.

Olivia is doing so well now. She is perfect."

— Carolina Castañeda
Mother of Olivia, who was born with a ventricular septal defect and coarctation of the aorta

Marcus, a patient treated for a congenital heart defect, shown as a baby and as a teenager

"We've always gotten exceptional care at Seattle Children's.

They always want to know what we think and how we feel, and that's so important when it comes to finding the best care for your child."

— Candice Andrews
Mother of Marcus, a young adult who was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome

Experience matters.

At Seattle Children's Heart Center, our pediatric cardiac surgeons and interventional cardiologists have more advanced training and experience operating and performing procedures on babies, children and teens with a wide range of heart conditions than those at any other children's hospital in the Pacific Northwest. These include conditions like:

Single ventricle defects

  • Double-inlet left ventricle
  • Severe Ebstein's anomaly
  • Heterotaxy
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Pulmonary atresia (intact ventricular septum)
  • Tricuspid atresia
  • Mitral atresia
  • Unbalanced atrioventricular septal defects

Septal defect (hole in the heart)

  • Atrial septal defect (ASD)
  • Ventricular septal defect (VSD)
  • Atrioventricular septal defect

Valve defects

  • Mitral valve abnormalities
  • Pulmonary atresia
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Pulmonary stenosis
  • Aortic valve disease

Other types of defects

  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Double outlet right ventricle
  • Interrupted aortic arch
  • Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
  • Congenital mitral valve anomalies
  • Total anomalous pulmonary venous return
  • Transposition of the great arteries
  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Vascular rings


Dr. Bhawna Arya, director, Fetal Cardiology

"From the very beginning, before your baby is even born, we take a multidisciplinary approach.

You'll meet the entire team all at once, including your nurse navigator, maternal-fetal medicine specialist, surgeon, cardiologist, social worker and others, so you can get all your questions answered about every phase of the process.

This team will follow you all the way through, working together to give your child and family the best outcome they can."

— Dr. Bhawna Arya, director, Fetal Cardiology

Dr. Matt Files, director, Single Ventricle Program

"Single-ventricle anomalies are among the most complex congenital heart defects.

Our team works to support your child's overall health between the first and second surgeries, which can be a fragile time requiring close medical attention.

Our weekly interstage clinic brings together experts in cardiology, nutrition, social work, feeding therapy and neurodevelopment to support your child and family."

Dr. Matt Files, director, Single Ventricle Program

Seattle Children's Heart Center provides personalized repair plans using the most advanced imaging techniques, such as 3-D imaging, offered by any children's hospital in the Pacific Northwest.


A mother snuggles her baby in front of members of the care team at Seattle Children's

Care for your whole family

Dealing with heart disease can be scary and stressful.

Seattle Children's has many resources, from financial to spiritual, to support your child and your family and make the journey as smooth as possible.

An expectant mother receives an ultrasound test

With you from the beginning

If you are pregnant, learning more about your baby's heart problems gives you more time to make decisions and plan care.

The cardiologists in our Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment Program can make fast, accurate diagnoses of congenital heart defects as early as 14 weeks' gestation.

Shanae, a patient treated for a congenital heart defect at Seattle Children's, with her mother

A seamless transition

Seattle Children's works with the University of Washington to provide an Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program to protect your child's long-term health as they grow and transition to adulthood.

Many children and families travel to Seattle Children's for heart surgery.
We help you coordinate travel and housing so you can stay focused on your child.
We have lots of experience helping families make the transition back home safely.


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