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Heart failure is a generic term for any situation in which the heart can’t pump an adequate amount of blood. "Congestive heart failure" in children occurs when blood gets backed up, or “congested”, as it attempts to enter a heart that isn’t working well.  Heart failure can progress slowly or rapidly,  depending on the cause. Effective management of your child’s heart failure begins with proper diagnosis.

In the Nemours Children's Cardiac Center, our pediatric heart care experts — plus our extended pediatric Nemours team of more than 30 additional specialties — work together with your family to find the cause of your child’s symptoms. 

If your child is diagnosed with heart failure, our board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons (specialists in surgical procedures of the chest, including the heart and lungs) are here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and offer treatment options, including expert long-term medication management and heart transplants. Our cardiac teams offer the latest in research-backed care, delivered with compassion.

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Why Choose Us

World-class pediatric heart care requires the compassion to understand your family's journey, and the expertise to manage even the most complex conditions. The Nemours Cardiac Center provides diagnosis and treatment options for children with heart failure by working together in dedicated cardiac teams — and working closely with Nemours specialists in more than 30 additional disciplines when needed. With today’s medications and surgical advances, many babies born with heart defects and other conditions that cause heart failure can lead active lives. Our specialty is the early detection and repair of heart problems, so your child will have the best possible chance for a healthy future. 

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