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Pediatric Heart Transplant

When your child needs a heart transplant, you want to know you're in the very best hands. Ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, our cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery programs offers advanced care before, during, and after pediatric heart transplants. Learning your child needs a heart transplant can be scary, but our team of SLUCare Physician Group experts will be by your side the entire way.

 

Conditions We Treat

Heart transplants are performed to replace diseased hearts with healthy, donor hearts. Your child's heart might not work right for many reasons. Sometimes, babies are born with heart defects that cause their hearts to fail. These defects are the main cause of heart transplants in babies. In children and teenagers certain heart conditions, such as cardiomyopathy, myocarditis and abnormal heart rhythms, can cause the heart to fail, necessitating a heart transplant. If you doctor recommends a heart transplant for your child, you will be referred to our transplant team for an evaluation to determine if your child is a candidate.

Facing a Heart Transplant

What to Expect

If your doctor thinks your child will benefit from a new heart, you will be referred to our transplant team for a complete evaluation. This evaluation will determine if your child is a candidate for a heart transplant.

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Outcomes

The heart transplant team is recognized for long-standing expertise in the evaluation and treatment of congenital and acquired heart disorders. We are committed to improving outcomes for children who need heart transplants by offering the most innovative care available.

​This commitment is reflected in our outcomes. Between 2011 and 2018, 86.5% of our heart transplant patients have survived with a graft survival rate of 90%. For more detailed information about our outcomes, please contact us.

Our Team

The transplant surgeons at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital are experienced in all types of heart transplant methods, so they can offer the best option to meet each your child’s needs. All of our specialists are on the faculty of Saint Louis University School of Medicine and members of SLUCare Physician Group, the clinical arm of Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

A transplant can be scary, but it may provide the life-changing opportunity for your child to grow. We strive to build a partnership between your family and our team of specialists, so you have the support you need through this journey.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us, day or night. Our team is by your side every step of the way. Call us today at (314) 577-5351 to schedule an appointment or request a second opinion

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