How are congenital heart defects treated?
Not all congenital heart defects require treatment, but for those that do, treatment can vary from minor to invasive, like open heart surgery. Your cardiology team will guide your child's care to ensure they receive the best monitoring and treatment for their particular congenital heart defect. Treatment for congenital heart defects can include:
Why choose Children's Colorado to treat your child's heart condition
At Children's Colorado, the multidisciplinary team at our nationally-ranked Heart Institute cares for patients with a wide range of congenital heart defects, from the most common to the very rare.
Our team's advanced training and access to leading-edge pediatric research, imaging and technology mean that we're equipped to correct many heart defects without open heart surgery. We treat every patient and every diagnosis individually, working as a team to determine the best treatment for your child's heart defect.
Watch how we came together to determine the best treatments for Theo, Sam and Colt in the video below.
Our Cardiology Program has some of the best patient outcomes of any pediatric hospital in the nation thanks to our dedicated team of cardiology experts.
See why our outcomes make us one of the top heart hospitals
Labor and delivery for pregnancies with cardiac complications
For certain severe CHDs, babies may need cardiac intervention immediately after delivery. Sometimes, babies born with a critical heart defect that wasn't diagnosed before birth may be separated from their mothers as they're transferred to a different department or facility with cardiac capabilities upon birth.
But here at the Colorado Fetal Care Center at Children's Colorado, we keep moms and babies close together. With state-of-the-art delivery suites, a Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and dedicated Maternal Fetal Care Unit (MFCU), we're able to provide the full range of fetal, obstetric and pediatric expertise you and your baby need – before, during and after delivery.
In our Fetal Cardiology Program, your baby will be in the capable hands of the pediatric cardiology specialists they need. And while you recover from your delivery in the MFCU, you'll be just a floor away from where your baby is recovering from treatment in the CICU.
And if your baby is transferred here from another hospital after delivery, you can be transported as well to recover just steps away from your child.
A lifetime of care for congenital heart disease
From pregnancy through adulthood, Children's Colorado's Heart Institute has the expertise to care for individuals diagnosed with congenital heart defects. No matter when the patient is diagnosed, be it in infancy, childhood or even adulthood, we are equipped to provide expert and compassionate lifelong care for simple to complex heart defects.
See how we provide care long past adolescence in our Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program.