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Cardiac Center

Cardiac Center

The Cardiac Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is one of the world’s largest centers for care of children and young adults with congenital and acquired heart conditions. Our team cares for children from before birth through adulthood, offering the most advanced treatments for complex congenital heart disease (including single ventricle defects), lymphatic leaks and flow disorders, and other conditions.

Conditions We Treat

  • Aortic stenosis
  • Atrial septal defect
  • Atrioventricular canal defects
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Chylothorax
  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries
  • Coronary anomalies
  • Double outlet right ventricle
  • Ebstein’s anomaly of the tricuspid valve
  • Heart tumors
  • Heterotaxy syndrome
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)
  • Interruption of the aortic arch
  • Plastic bronchitis
  • Pulmonary atresia
  • Single ventricle heart defects
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Total anomalous pulmonary venous return (TAPVR)
  • Transposition of the great arteries
  • Tricuspid atresia
  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Vascular ring
  • Ventricular septal defect (VSD)

Specialized Clinical Programs

Cardiothoracic Surgery

The Cardiac Center performs a large number of complex heart surgeries each year. There are many important outcomes, but the most important is survival. Our pediatric heart surgery survival rates are among the best.

Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Laboratory

Advances in interventional cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology have greatly changed the way we treat children with congenital heart disease. The Cardiac Center at CHOP has the experience, technology and expertise needed to successfully treat a full range of congenital heart problems.

Center for Lymphatic Imaging and Interventions

The Center for Lymphatic Imaging and Interventions provides highly specialized care for children and adults with lymphatic leaks and lymphatic flow disorders.

Fetal Heart Program

The Fetal Heart Program is a national leader in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of fetal heart disease.

Philadelphia Adult Congenital Heart Center

The Philadelphia Adult Congenital Heart Center treats all types of congenital heart conditions in adults. Our cardiologists have unique expertise in both providing adult-centered care and ensuring a smooth transition in surveillance and treatment, from child-focused care into adulthood.

Single Ventricle Survivorship Program

The Single Ventricle Survivorship Program was created to focus attention on the challenges faced by patients with single ventricle heart defects and to help improve quality and duration of life.

Coronary Anomaly Management Program

The Coronary Anomaly Management Program provides comprehensive care and monitoring for children with this complex form of congenital heart disease.

A “Hospital within a Hospital”

The Cardiac Center’s facility is one of the most advanced in the world. Deliveries for high-risk babies, surgeries, catheterizations, and all inpatient cardiac care occur on the sixth floor of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This promotes the most efficient care by facilitating excellent communication and minimizing transport time and distance for critically ill patients.

Sixty-seven (67) dedicated cardiac beds include one of the world’s largest and most advanced pediatric cardiac intensive care units, a Cardiac Care Unit, and a 13-bed specialized Cardiac Preparation and Recovery Unit.

Each year, the center cares for patients during more than 32,000 outpatient visits, and the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery performs over 1,000 procedures, including more than 600 open-heart surgeries. In the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at CHOP, our team of Cardiac Catheterization experts performs over 1,300 cardiac catheterization procedures each year on newborns, infants, children and young adults.

We continue to advance research to improve the lifelong health and well-being of children with congenital heart disease. Our team is conducting research on the genetic roots of CHD and the causes of neurodevelopmental delays, developing new methods of treating single ventricle defects, inventing new diagnostic tools and treatment options for patients with lymphatic flow disorders, creating models of patients’ hearts on a 3-D printer to facilitate surgical planning, and much more.


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