Conditions and services

The cardiovascular program at Children’s Minnesota offers a full range of services.

We diagnose and treat a full range of heart and blood vessel conditions in fetuses, babies, children and teens. Our patients also include adults who need long-term care for heart defects they have had since birth. We know your child deserves the very best cardiovascular care, and one thing will remain the same: our commitment to excellence.

About 1 in every 100 babies is born with a heart defect. Some are critically ill at birth. Others are diagnosed later during routine doctor visits. These heart defects can take numerous forms.

At Children’s Minnesota, we’re experts in diagnosing and treating a lot of heart conditions, including:

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A combination of two problems: holes between chambers of the heart and valves that don’t work properly. See more.

Narrowing of part of the large blood vessel that carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the body. See more.

A condition in which several structures on the left side of the heart are underdeveloped, too small or missing. See more.

A condition in which only one of the heart’s two lower chambers is working properly. See more.

Four defects that, taken together, allow oxygen-poor blood to be pumped out to the body. See more.

(Known as TAPVR)—A condition in which major blood vessels aren’t properly connected to the upper chambers of the heart. See more.

Reversal in the position of the two main arteries carrying blood out of the heart. See more. 

A hole between the two lower chambers of the heart. See more.

Abnormal heartbeats. See more.

Disease of the heart muscle. See more.

Weakening of the heart’s pumping ability. See more.

High LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, low HDL (“good”) cholesterol or high triglycerides (another type of fat in the blood)

Inflammation of the heart muscle. See more.

Follow-up services due to abnormal screen. See more.

Services that set Children’s apart

We know your child deserves the very best cardiovascular care, so that’s why we provide the best. Here is an example of what makes Children’s cardiovascular care so exceptional:

  • First lab in the Upper Midwest specifically for pediatric cardiac catheterization.
  • First and only pediatric hospital in the United States to use a new catheterization system designed to minimize radiation exposure.
  • First lab in the Upper Midwest that is exclusively for pediatric electrophysiology studies—a procedure to study electrical activity in the heart.
  • First facility in Minnesota to be nationally accredited in pediatric transthoracic echocardiography.
  • First surgeons in the Upper Midwest to perform a complex, three-part surgery to treat hypoplastic left heart syndrome — A birth defect in which the left side of the heart is underdeveloped.
  • An award-winning ECMO program
  • One pediatric cardiovascular care center in the Upper Midwest that has all its services for kids conveniently located on the same floor in a single building.

Diagnostic and non-invasion services

Other services

Diagnostic and less invasive services:

  • Arrhythmia monitoring
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Echocardiography
  • Electrocardiography (EKG)
  • Electrophysiology studies
  • Fetal diagnosis
  • Genetic testing
  • Pacemaker interrogation
    • Pediatric cardiac CT scans and CT angiography
    • Pediatric cardiac MRIs /MRA
    • Stress testing
    • Surgical therapies
    • Midwest Adult Congenital Cardiac (MACC) Center
    • Cardiac Neurodevelopmental follow-up clinic
  • AGFA Heartlab™ system
  • Immediate EKG interpretation
  • Lipid clinic
  • Midwest Adult Congenital Cardiac (MACC) Center
  • Cardiac neurodevelopmental follow-up clinic
  • Heart failure clinic
  • Velocardiofacial (VCF) syndrome clinic

Learn more about our organization’s services available to patients and their families.