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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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What to expect

At Children's Minnesota, we treat children, not diseases. The cardiovascular team knows that helping kids thrive physically is only part of our job. Helping patients and families feel more at ease emotionally is a big also part of what we do. Our first meeting with you sets the tone for everything to come, so we make it as informative and comforting as we can.