Heart Institute

  • We provide the full-spectrum of heart care, from the simplest to the most complex cases.

    Programs and Services

    We provide the full-spectrum of heart care, from the simplest to the most complex cases.
    We provide the full-spectrum of heart care, from the simplest to the most complex cases.
  • Programs and Services

    The physicians and researchers at the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center deliver the most effective treatments for children with heart disease. Our integrated clinics and programs bring the nation's top specialists into the room at the same time so that your child receives the most timely and effective treatment.

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    + Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program

    The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic is one of the first of its kind in the country, formed in 1990.

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    + Arrhythmia Service

    A Midwest leader in treating arrhythmias in children, we offer world-class care in diagnosing and treating complex cardiac symptoms such as palpitations, fast and irregular heartbeats, syncope (fainting) and pre-syncope, and exercise intolerance.

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    + Center for Better Health and Nutrition (includes HealthWorks!)

    The Center for Better Health and Nutrition (CBHN) is a comprehensive obesity treatment, management and prevention arm of the Heart Institute. Our services include the CBHN and HealthWorks! clinics.

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    + Cardiac Intensive Care

    The Heart Institute features the Midwest's first comprehensive Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), providing state-of-the-art care for complex medical and surgical patients, from newborn to young adult. The CICU at Cincinnati Children's has the highest number of physicians in the Midwest who are board certified in both pediatric cardiology and pediatric critical care medicine.

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    + Cardiac MRI, Echocardiography and Electrophysiology

    The imaging capabilities at the Heart Institute - echo, cardiac MRI and electrophysiology - allow our physicians to diagnose complex heart abnormalities, ensuring the best possible interventions.

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    + Cardiology

    Our cardiology program provides comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and a management plan for children and young adults with suspected or present cardiovascular disease.

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    + Cardiomyopathy

    Patients come from all over the world to see our cardiomyopathy specialists. Our team of pediatric cardiologists, clinical geneticists and genetic counselors investigate all forms of pediatric cardiomyopathy, including hypertrophic dilated or restrictive cardiomyopathy, arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia / cardiomyopathy and left ventricular noncompaction. We can also diagnose complex forms of heart muscle disease associated with genetic syndromes, inborn errors of metabolism or mitochondrial disorders.

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    + Cardiothoracic Surgery

    We provide world-class surgical management of infants, children, adolescents and adults with congenital cardiac malformations and malformations of the great vessels.

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    + Cardiovascular Genetics (includes Genetic Counseling clinic)

    Our cardiovascular genetics program specializes in diagnosing and managing patients with heritable cardiovascular disease, such as congenital heart disease, and genetic conditions such as Marfin and Noonan syndromes. We can help you and your physicians understand and utilize genetic information to make personalized and appropriate screening and medical management decisions.

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    + Catheterization and Intervention

    Our cardiac catheterization service performs diagnostic and therapeutic interventions in our state-of-the-art hybrid cath-lab suite close to the CICU.

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    + Dyslipidemia Service

    Part of our preventive cardiology program, our lipid service offers comprehensive consultation, diagnostic testing and treatment of dyslipidemia (abnormalities in cholesterol).

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    + Fetal Heart Program

    The fetal heart program partners with the Cincinnati Fetal Center to provide the only comprehensive center in the Midwest for fetal evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. A collaboration of Cincinnati Children's, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Good Samaritan Hospital, the Fetal Center is one of very few centers in the world affiliated with a top children' hospital, two Level III maternity hospitals and two Level III and one Level IV newborn intensive care units.  

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    + Heart Failure and Transplant Program

    Part of the Heart Institute’s comprehensive heart failure and cardiomyopathy service, our team of cardiothoracic surgeons and cardiologists are experts in the treatment of complex heart disease and heart transplantation. We are able to care for children and adolescents with a wide range of uncorrectable congenital heart disease and cardiomyopathy, which make them potential candidates for transplantation.

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    + Hypertension and Lipid Service

    Part of the preventive cardiology program, our hypertension program provides comprehensive services, including consultation, diagnostic testing, and treatment of hypertension.

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    + Neurodevelopmental Clinic (NDC)

    Research shows that children with complex heart problems are at a greater risk for neurodevelopment issues when compared to heart-healthy children. Many of these children experience one or more mild deficits across a range of areas. The Heart Institute NDC can help.

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    + Neuromuscular Cardiology

    Heart Institute experts work closely with the specialists of our Comprehensive Neuromuscular Center to offer your child the best diagnosis and care available.

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    + Preventive Cardiology

    We are one of only a handful of centers nationwide to offer dedicated clinics for childhood hypertension, high cholesterol and obesity. Through coordinated care between specialists in exercise, nutrition, behavioral psychology and preventive cardiology, we can impact the diet, physical activity and behavior of our patients most at-risk for future cardiovascular diseases like heart attack and stroke.

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    + Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Program

    Our Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) program is a nationally recognized leader in mechanical circulatory support (MCS). We have many device options that may be used to mechanically support the heart and improve blood flow to the body.

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  • For Patients and Families

    The Heart Institute provides patients and families with a variety of resources, including answers to frequently asked questions and information about your visit.

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  • Heart Institute Encyclopedia

    The Heart Institute team at Cincinnati Children's developed the Heart Institute Encyclopedia to provide easily accessible information on cardiac diseases, defects, disorders, and problems that may affect a child's heart.

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