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Related image for article, New York Times essay by Dr. Stefan Friedrichsdorf: A Chance to Live for a Dying Child

New York Times essay by Dr. Stefan Friedrichsdorf: A Chance to Live for a Dying Child

Dr. Friedrichsdorf’s essay tells the story of Ethan Butler and his family.

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.

Cardiovascular surgical therapies

Among the leading U.S. pediatric hospitals that submit data to a large, national comparative database called the Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS), Children's ranks in the top 20 in the U.S. in pediatric cardiac surgery volumes and treatment outcomes. Children's performs the most pediatric cardiac procedures in Minnesota and provides surgical care to patients from the five-state region and beyond. To see diagrams that help explain each surgical procedure listed below, visit The Children's Heart Clinic, Children's exclusive partner in the pediatric cardiovascular program.

Fetal diagnosis of heart conditions

Over 95 percent of congenital (from birth) cardiac defects can be detected in-utero, most commonly at 18-20 weeks of gestation. Although in-utero diagnosis can improve surgical outcomes, long-term neurological outcomes, and perinatal mortality (stillbirths), nationally just 30 percent of heart disease is diagnosed prenatally.

A’rrington’s resilient heart

A’rringTon was born with a rare heart condition and spent much of his first year of life at Children’s Minnesota.

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What to expect

At Children's Hospitals and Clinics of 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.

Meet the Team

The cardiovascular team at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is nationally renowned. We specialize in diagnosing and treating heart and blood vessel conditions that affect kids. The 200 professionals from Children's Minnesota and the Children's Heart Clinic, along with many collaborating partners, comprise our team and have a wealth of experience. It shows. Our outcomes are some of the best in the country.

Outcomes and Research

Choosing where to bring your child for cardiovascular care is a major decision. We understand you want all the information you can get. And you want it in a clear, straightforward format that helps you make the right choice for your family.