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.

Read More About Congenital Heart Defects

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.

Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Upland

Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Vivacqua Pavilion
One Medical Center Boulevard, Suite 443
Upland, PA 19013
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At Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Upland, you and your child can see an experienced, caring, board-certified pediatric cardiologist from the Nemours Cardiac Center at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del.

The cardiology program at duPont Hospital for Children was ranked among the nation’s best in pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery by U.S. News & World Report, so you know you’re getting some of the best pediatric cardiac care available. Having our cardiology experts evaluate and treat congenital heart defects (heart problems present at birth) right at our Upland office is one way we try to make it easier and more convenient for you to get our Nemours’ quality of care closer to home. 

Pediatric Congenital Heart Defects Care at Nemours

Children are commonly referred to our office for evaluation of:

  • chest pain
  • cyanosis (blue coloration)
  • fainting (or “syncope”)
  • fast heartbeat
  • heart murmurs
  • palpitations (irregular heartbeat)

We also provide follow-up evaluation for children with known pediatric heart problems and for kids who’ve had heart surgery. 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 home.

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

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.

Get an Early Start On Care for Your Child's Heart

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 at Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Upland will recommend treatment, too — from innovative, non-surgical catheter procedures in some instances to surgery for more complex cases.

About Congenital Heart Defects

When your child has a heart condition, learning as much as you can about the problem will help make things less stressful and overwhelming— for you, your child and your whole family. Understanding 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 better advocate you can be for your child.

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Learn more about congenital heart defects care at Nemours and the various tests and treatments your child’s cardiologist may order.