Congenital Heart Defects

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Finding out your child has congenital heart disease, commonly called a congenital “heart defect,” can be frightening. You’re probably worried, stressed, and filled with questions about what the diagnosis really means. Nemours’ top-notch pediatric cardiologists will help ease your concerns and give you the congenital heart defect answers you need.

 
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Congenital heart disease is actually fairly common. In fact, more than 35,000 babies are born with a heart defect each year in the United States. Most (about two-thirds of) children with heart disease have a “congenital” heart defect, when a baby is born with a heart problem because the heart didn’t develop normally or completely in the early weeks of pregnancy. Other children may have something called an “acquired” heart condition, when a heart problem develops at some point between infancy and adolescence.

We Can Help

If your child was born with a heart defect, a lot can be done to improve and often completely repair kids’ hearts at any age. Thanks to advanced technology and our expert cardiology teams at Nemours, your child — even a newborn only hours old — can be quickly detected and treated right when it matters the most. You can count on our experts to give you an accurate, swift diagnosis and advanced treatment.

We’ve assembled some of the country’s very best pediatric cardiac expertise and technology, and we specialize in early detection and repair, so your child will have the very best possible chance for a healthy future.

Understanding Congenital Heart Defects

When your child has a heart condition, learning as much as you can about the problem can help make things much less stressful and scary for you, your child, and your whole family. Understanding what the defect can help you talk to your child about what it all means and what to expect from treatment. Plus, the more you know, the more informed you can be to make educated decisions about — and be a better advocate for — your child’s health care.

Philadelphia

Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Philadelphia I

833 Chestnut Street East, Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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For Appointments: (302) 651-4200
For Information: (215) 861-8830

Hours: Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
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Our pediatric cardiologists at Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Philadelphia, are experts in diagnosing and treating congenital heart defects.

Our Pediatric Heart Care

Children are commonly referred to our office for evaluation of:
  • heart murmurs
  • chest pain
  • fast heartbeat
  • palpitations (irregular heartbeat)
  • cyanosis (blue coloration)
  • fainting

We also provide follow-up evaluation for children with known pediatric heart problems and for kids who’ve had heart surgery or heart transplantation. If your child needs tests (such as an electrocardiogram or an echocardiogram) they’ll be performed at the time of the visit and we’ll give you the results immediately after these tests are completed. When appropriate, we offer specialized remote monitoring, so we can monitor your child’s heart rhythm from your own home.

If your child needs further testing and/or treatment, we’ll refer you to either the Nemours Cardiac Center at the duPont Hospital for Children or another recommended health care provider nearby. In order to provide Philadelphia families with emergency services and 24/7 inpatient hospital care, our pediatric cardiologists also have access to the facilities at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital – one of the many health care providers we collaborate with to make it easy for your child to get Nemours’ quality of care near you.

Working as a team, we make sure you have a complete understanding of your child’s condition and treatment options – and what to expect every step of the way.

Getting an Early Start

You may know that most children with heart conditions are born with congenital heart defects. But did you know that the sooner your child can get diagnosed and treated, the better? You can count on our pediatric cardiology experts to give you an accurate, swift diagnosis. Our team will recommend treatment, too — from innovative, non-surgical catheter procedures in some instances to surgery for more complex cases.

Understanding Congenital Heart Defects

When your child has a heart condition, learning as much as you can about the problem can help make things much less stressful and scary — for you, your child, and your whole family. Understanding what the defect can help you talk to your child about what it all means and what to expect from treatment. Plus, the more you know, the more informed you can be to make educated decisions about — and be a better advocate for — your child’s health care.

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Get Started Today

To get your little one started on the road to a healthy future, please call us for an appointment at (215) 861-8830.

Learn more about Nemours heart care and the various tests and treatments your child’s cardiologist may order: