As the heart beats, it pumps blood around the body through arteries and veins. Some children are born with heart problems, others develop heart problems from injuries or infections. Physical exams and tests can help doctors find the problem. The treatment for a heart problem may include a medicine or surgery.

Topics on children's hearts include:

  • abnormal heart rhythms
  • atrial septal defect or ASD
  • atrial flutter
  • balloon valvuloplasty
  • cardiac tests
  • coarctation of the aorta
  • congenital heart disease
  • congestive heart failure
  • endocarditis
  • Fontan
  • heart surgery
  • hyperlipidemia
  • hypoplastic left heart
  • Kawasaki disease
  • valve insufficiency
  • pacemakers in children
  • patent ductus arteriosus
  • pericarditis and myocarditis
  • prosthetic heart valves in children
  • pulmonary hypertension
  • restrictive cardiomyopathy
  • subvalvular aortic stenosis
  • syncope
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • transposition of the great vessels or arteries
  • tricuspid atresia
  • ventricular septal defect or VSD

More information

The CVICU or Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit - EnglishSpanish

After Heart Surgery in the Hospital - English | Spanish

Cardiac Catheterization - English | Spanish

CHF or Congestive Heart Failure - English | Spanish

Echocardiogram or Cardiac Ultrasound - English | Spanish

EKG, ECG, or Electrocardiogram - English | Spanish

Exercise Test - EnglishSpanish

Going Home After Heart Surgery - English | Spanish

Home Care After Cardiac Catheterization - English | Spanish

Holter Monitor - English | Spanish

How to Give a Subcutaneous Injection - English | Spanish

Medicine List - English | Spanish

The CHIEF Program - English | Spanish

Visit these websites for more information:

C. H. I. N. - Congenital Heart Information Network

Congenital Heart Defects - American Heart Association

Congenital Heart Defects - National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute - Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health

Mended Little Hearts Phoenix - A program of the Mended Hearts, Inc.

Organ Donation - United States Department of Health and Human Services

unos.org - United Network for Organ Sharing

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