Heart Center

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Heart Center
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The Ward Family Heart Center at Children's Mercy Kansas City is one of the higher-volume pediatric heart centers in the nation. Patients benefit from the expertise of board-certified pediatric cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons, bio-engineering laboratories, hybrid-capable cardiac catheterization laboratories, and dedicated support during and after treatment. Our commitment to clinical research and innovation has helped us earn recognition as one of the top cardiology and heart surgery programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Pediatric Heart Surgery Outcomes

Children's Mercy is dedicated to providing care that ensures the best possible outcomes for our patients. Our heart-surgery survival rates are frequently above the national average. 
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Pediatric Heart Care Staff

Our patients benefit from the expertise of an interdisciplinary care team that includes cardiology subspecialists, cardiac intensivists, neonatologists, perfusionists, and advanced practice nurses.
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Heart Center Highlights

  • We offer Heart Transplant and Ventricular Assist Device services to pediatric patients whose own hearts are failing due to cardiomyopathies, heart infections or complex congenital heart disease
  • Our Cardiac High Acuity Monitoring Program (CHAMP) uses a tablet app and secure, wireless technology to allow real-time home monitoring with immediate clinical response for fragile, single ventricle patients
  • We use 3D echocardiography and cardiac MRI to explore the intricate structures of the heart from multiple viewpoints, providing us with more accurate information for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Our Fetal Cardiac Program brings potentially lifesaving care to families from the moment of fetal diagnosis, through delivery, and beyond. 
  • Our Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Clinic provides early identification and treatment of neurodevelopmental issues that are often found in children with complex heart problems.
  • The Cardiac Regenerative Surgery Research Laboratories are researching the construction of living replacement heart tissue that could reduce the number of surgeries for patients.

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