As one of the largest programs in the nation, our experience in treating patients with heart failure is leading the way in positive outcomes.
Since it's inception in 1984, Texas Children's Heart Center has become one of the largest and most successful heart transplant programs in the nation. As the number of diagnoses for pediatric heart failure increases, so has our experience in treating patients, as well as our ability to offer the right pediatric ventricular assist device (VAD) for each child.
Each year, our dedicated team of physicians, nurse coordinators and administrative personnel cares for more than 500 cardiomyopathy patients. We are also active participants in the national Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Registry, which was established to describe and understand the clinical course of children with cardiomyopathy.
When a transplant is not immediately available, we offer a variety of circulatory support devices as a bridge to transplantation. We are currently the only independent pediatric program to offer the following 6 devices, as well as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), to a children whose hearts are failing:
Since we implanted our first pediatric ventricular device in 1985, we have become one of the busiest VAD programs in the world. In the past 5 years, we have placed nearly 50 VADs in patients with acquired and congenital heart disease.
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