Coronary Artery Anomalies Program

<p>Coronary Artery Anomalies Program</p>

The Coronary Artery Anomalies Program (CAAP) at Texas Children’s Hospital is a multidisciplinary team dedicated to the evaluation and management of patients affected by coronary artery anomalies, especially anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery (AAOCA) and myocardial bridge. The program was created in December 2012 and cares for hundreds of patients and families affected by this condition. The program also aims at prospective data collection enrolling patients in a Registry with the mission of advancing our understanding in coronary anomalies and providing a holistic approach to patients and families seeking our guidance.

AAOCA occurs when one of the coronary arteries, which provide blood and oxygen to the heart muscle, branches off from the aorta in an unusual place. While some people do not have any symptoms with AAOCA, others may experience chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness or fainting. AAOCA is the second leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes in the United States because the affected coronary artery is at risk of becoming blocked.

A specialized team is essential to treating AAOCA. If your child has been diagnosed with AAOCA, the Texas Children’s Coronary Artery Anomalies Program can help your family understand how to live a full life while managing your child’s disease. Our multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, radiologists, advanced practice providers, nurses, researchers and others work together to provide you with accurate and up-to-date information, treatment options and educational support.

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