• Heart Center
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit

    At Texas Children’s Heart Center, our 21-bed Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) cares for children in need of specialized care for their cardiac condition.

    Each year, the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) admits approximately 800 children with heart disease, the majority of whom have undergone heart surgery. Texas Children’s Hospital also has a very active Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Program, and the CVICU team cares for many children each year who require mechanical cardiac support and undergo heart transplantation.

    Our team

    Our multidisciplinary team includes cardiovascular intensivists trained in pediatric cardiology, pediatric cardiovascular anesthesiology and pediatric critical care. They work alongside our cardiac surgeons and together with a team of highly specialized nurses, respiratory therapists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to provide the best care and outcomes for our patients.

    We understand that critical care treatment can be a highly stressful time for patients and their families and are committed to providing our patients with the best care possible from our expert team of pediatric subspecialists. Our family-centered approach encourages collaboration, timely communication, clear explanations and having people on hand to answer questions and address concerns.

    Virtual tour

    Learn more about our facilities. Take a virtual tour of the CVICU.

    For health care providers

    We offer a one-year pediatric cardiac intensive care fellowship to 4th year individuals interested in pursuing additional training in pediatric cardiovascular intensive care medicine. Candidates must have completed fellowships in pediatric critical care medicine or pediatric cardiology. To learn more about the program or to apply, click here.

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