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Tallulah and her two older brothers on the couch

Born with Down syndrome and a heart condition: Tallulah’s story of perseverance

Tallulah was born with Down syndrome and because of that, also had a heart defect. Today, Tallulah is 9 months old and is tough as nails. Read her story here.

What is a congenital heart defect?

You may have heard of children being born with holes in their hearts or kids born with “half a heart,” but did you know? These are all different types of congenital heart defects.

Families find healing in giving back

If you would like to donate to Children's Minnesota, please contact annual giving officer Brady Gervais at [email protected] or 952-992-5512.

Heart surgeries save life of little Roland

Kara and Ryan Jaehnert learned before their son's birth that he had a congenital heart defect.

Children's HeartLink

Children’s Minnesota helps transform pediatric heart care in India

A new partnership between the pediatric cardiac teams at Children’s Minnesota and Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences in Kolkata aims to shorten that distance and reduce some of the disparities.

Lucia Halstrom

Lucia’s unstoppable heart

Lucia Halstrom has learned to thrive nearly two years after experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.

Ask Dr. Gigi

Kids and heart health

Gigi Chawla, MD, joined "WCCO Mid-Morning" to talk about kids and heart health.

Tetralogy of fallot

In the normal heart, there are two atria and two ventricles. Blood comes back from the body from the superior vena cava (SVC) and inferior vena cava (IVC) to the right atrium through the tricuspid valve to the right ventricle. The ventricle contracts and blood is pumped through the pulmonary valve to the pulmonary arteries out to the lungs where the blood is oxygenated. Blood returns from the lungs by the pulmonary veins to the left atrium. It then travels from the left atrium through the mitral valve to the left ventricle. The left ventricle contracts, sending blood through the aortic valve through the aorta and out to the body.

Midwest Adult Congenital Cardiac Center

Ninety percent of children born with heart defects are now expected to live to adulthood and beyond, thanks to surgical and medical breakthroughs. The Midwest Adult Congenital Cardiac Center (MACC) Program was created to treat these adult and adolescent survivors.

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