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Pediatric Heart Failure

Our Heart Center is one of only 22 pediatric heart transplant programs in the United States and the only one in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area approved to implant the mechanical Berlin Heart® into children.

Specialties that diagnose or treat this condition:

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Left Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)

The VAD consists of an implantable heart pump that is connected to your left ventricle by an inflow cannula. The pump takes over from your left ventricle. Then the blood flows to the outflow cannula, which is connected to your aorta, enabling the blood to flow to the rest of your body.
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Pediatric Heart Transplant

A heart transplant is a major surgery in which your child’s heart is replaced with a healthier, donor heart. If your child’s treatment involves a heart transplant, it may be comforting to know that roughly 80 percent of our heart transplant patients survive five years or more.
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Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation – or ECMO – supports your cardiac or respiratory function if you have an acute injury or illness that is reversible. It will enable your heart or lungs to recover, or extend your life while waiting for a heart or lung transplant.
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There may be other treatments, tests, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Medical Management
  • Heart (Cardiac) Surgery
  • Cardiac-Assist Devices (Berlin Heart, HeartMate II)

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