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Children’s Minnesota becomes first in state to implant state-of-the-art non-surgical heart valve in a child

The Children’s Minnesota Cardiovascular Program recently became the first program in the state to implant the Harmony valve, a new type of non-surgical heart valve, in a pediatric patient.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Harmony valve is the first in the world non-surgical heart valve for kids and adults with congenital heart disease (CHD). This heart valve implant provides a less invasive treatment alternative to open-heart surgery to treat pulmonary valve regurgitation for patients with a native or surgically-repaired right ventricular outflow tract. It’s placed into the pulmonary valve through a vein in a patient’s groin or neck inside a catheter; allowing most patients to go home the next day.

About the Children’s Minnesota Cardiovascular Program

The Children’s Minnesota cardiovascular program is the region’s preeminent destination for pediatric cardiac care and heart surgery. From routine care to advanced cardiac surgeries — from before birth into adulthood — we’re your pediatric cardiac resource in caring for all forms of congenital and acquired cardiac diseases. At Children’s Minnesota and the Children’s Heart Clinic, we’re experts in diagnosing and treating all types of pediatric heart disease.

Connecting with Children’s Minnesota’s heart experts starts with just one click or call through Children’s Minnesota Physician Access – contact one of our specialists to get help with referrals, consult and admission.