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Children’s Minnesota cares for more pediatric heart patients than any other program in the state. When it comes to treating heart failure in children, we offer the best heart failure therapies – from medications to devices to transplants – to give them a long, healthy life.
Recently, Canadian Pacific (CP) donated $10,000 to the Children’s Minnesota heart failure heart transplant program through their community investment program, CP Has Heart. This program focuses on improving the heart health of men, women and children in communities across North America. We are so grateful for the donation!
Children’s Minnesota’s heart failure heart transplant program
Our heart failure heart transplant program helps treat pediatric heart failure through therapy. The therapy is tailored to each unique patient but may include:
- Medical management: heart failure symptoms can be managed through a variety of medications specific to your child’s needs. This includes medications to manage heart rhythms, remove excess fluid, reduce blood pressure, help the heart pump more effectively, and more.
- Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO): when the heart can no longer effectively pump oxygenated blood, ECMO can temporarily take over to provide sufficient blood flow throughout the body.
- Ventricular Assist Device (VADs): also known as a heart pump, VADs increase circulation throughout the body by assisting the weakened heart muscle in pumping blood to the body.
However, sometimes heart failure therapy isn’t enough. That’s why Children’s Minnesota features the only pediatric-focused transplant program in the state. If your child is a candidate for a heart transplant, the first step is an evaluation by our heart failure/heart transplant team. Find next steps for the heart transplant services here.
Thank you to CP for their dedication to the heart health of our patients and for their donation to our heart failure heart transplant program!