About two-thirds of patients with critical heart disease are diagnosed as infants. So it’s often the tiniest hearts that need the most help—and as soon as possible. But thanks to advanced technology and our expert team of Nemours cardiac specialists, most children born with a congenital heart defect—even newborns only hours old—can be quickly diagnosed and treated right when it matters the most.
Our heart surgeons at the Nemours Cardiac Center (located at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE) are right at the forefront, contributing to the incredible ongoing advances in cardiac surgical management. Now, reconstructive heart surgery can help virtually all patients with structural heart disease, even the most complicated.
No matter what your baby’s diagnosis or predicted outcome, we do whatever it takes to improve the lives and the longevity of every patient we see. In 2011, we had lower-than-expected cardiac surgery mortality (death) in newborns and infants, compared to the national average provided by the Society for Thoracic Surgeons’ congenital database. That is, we have fewer deaths in babies (under 12 months old) who received heart surgery, compared to the national rate at other pediatric facilities for the predicted number of deaths in babies with similar conditions who received heart surgery. Our rate was 3.5% of the infants who received heart surgery, compared to the national predicted rate of 5%.