Heart failure therapy and heart transplant
Children’s Minnesota cares for more pediatric heart patients than any other program in the state. When it comes to treating heart failure in children, we offer the best heart failure therapies– from medications to devices to transplants – to give them a long, healthy life.
Heart failure therapy
Our approach to treating pediatric heart failure is tailored to each unique patient but may include:
- Medical management – Heart failure symptoms can be managed through a variety of medications specific to your child’s needs. This includes medications to manage heart rhythms, remove excess fluid, reduce blood pressure, help the heart pump more effectively, and more.
- Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) – When the heart can no longer effectively pump oxygenated blood, ECMO can temporarily take over to provide sufficient blood flow throughout the body.
- Ventricular Assist Device (VADs) – Also known as a heart pump, VADs increase circulation throughout the body by assisting the weakened heart muscle in pumping blood to the body.
As the only heart program in the region dedicated solely to children, we specialize in a kid-focused brand of care. That’s why we provide services such as Child Life specialists, Star Studio, music therapy and more, to help kids feel like kids – even on their toughest days.
Sometimes heart failure therapy isn’t enough, which is why Children’s Minnesota features the only pediatric-focused transplant program in the state.
If your child is a candidate for a heart transplant, the first step is an evaluation by our heart failure/heart transplant team. If your child is approved to be placed on the transplant waiting list, we will continue to manage your child’s condition with advanced heart failure therapies until a healthy donor heart becomes available.
After the transplant surgery, your child will receive comprehensive post-transplant care from our team including immunosuppression management and minimally-invasive rejection surveillance. Finally, we create a long-term care plan to ensure a long and healthy future for your child and their new heart.
Our team’s approach to care is unique – we prefer to use less medication, perform less invasive testing and procedures, and use minimal immunosuppressant medications – this approach leads to less adverse side effects, better care and better outcomes.
Meet the team
Our pediatric heart failure and pediatric heart transplant team is led by Dr. Erik Edens, PhD, director of heart failure and heart transplant, and Dr. Robroy MacIver, MD, our cardiovascular surgical director. Additionally, the team is supported by:
- Elizabeth Preze, DNP, CNP, AC/PC, manager of the transplant program
- Beth Johnson, MSN, CPNP, transplant/VAD coordinator
- Holly Thompson, MSN, CPNP, AC, transplant/VAD coordinator
- Rachel Faust, MSW, LICSW
- Kristi Thompson, transplant financial coordinator
- OPTN Certification
- Level I surgery site
- Berlin Heart
- Berlin Heart Parent Booklet
- HeartMate 3
- PHTS patient book
Dr. Eden’s Publications:
- Less is More in Post Pediatric Heart Transplant Care
- Early Predictors of Survival to and After Heart Transplantation in Children with Dilated Cardiomyopathy
- Resource Utilization in Pediatric Patients Supported with Ventricular Assist Devices
Schedule an appointment
To make an appointment please call 612-813-8800 or speak to your primary doctor for a referral.