Heart Conditions & Treatments
We treat a wide range of complex heart conditions in children with the latest treatments.
- Anomalous coronary artery
- Aortic stenosis
- Atrioventricular canal defect
- Cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease)
- Coarctation of the aorta
- Congenital heart disease
- Dilated cardiomyopathy
- Fetal arrhythmias, including atrial flutter and supraventricular tachycardia (SVT)
- Heart failure
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
- Patent ductus arteriosus
- Pulmonary atresia
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Pulmonary valvar stenosis
- Tetralogy of fallot
- Total anomalous pulmonary venous return
- Transposition of the great arteries
- Tricuspid atresia
- Truncus arteriosus
- Ventricular septal defect
We have the longest running pediatric heart transplant program in the region. Find out more about heart transplants.
This technique temporarily takes over the function of the heart and lungs during surgery, allowing surgeons to stop the heart and operate in a bloodless field. The heart is then re-started, and the patient is taken off of cardiopulmonary bypass, which allows the heart and lungs to regain normal function.
At UVA, we have significantly modified and miniaturized our bypass circuit in order to reduce the amount of blood and transfusions children receive during their heart surgery.
Heart Rhythm Surgery
Occasionally, a child or infant’s heart has an abnormal rhythm that requires the surgical insertion of specific devices such as pacemakers, event recorders or internal cardioverter defibrillators. At UVA, our pediatric heart surgery surgeons and their teams have extensive experience with the Berlin Heart, a total artificial heart used in children with severe heart failure.
Pacemakers are usually used when heart rhythm issues result in too slow of a heart rate. Pacemakers may be useful in some patients with other conditions, including:
- Familial long QT syndrome
- Hypertrophic or dilated cardiomyopathy
- Heart transplant (aftercare)
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
ECMO provides both cardiac and respiratory support while the heart and lungs recover during certain critical illnesses.
Ventricular assist devices (VADs)
VADs can partially or completely replace the function of the failing heart while the patient waits for a heart transplant.
Internal cardioverter defibrillators are devices that deliver a small shock to keep the heart beating in a normal rhythm.
Pictures of the Heart: MRI
We have some of the latest techniques and newest technologies available for scanning the structure of your child's heart.
Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) offers your child several advantages:
- It doesn’t require surgery
- It doesn’t use radiation
- It gives a clearer, more detailed images than echocardiographies
At UVA, we'll work with you before and after the scan to make sure you understand your child's results.