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The Heart of the Matter

Every year, approximately 40,000 babies are born with a congenital heart defect (CHD), making it the most common birth defect in the United States. Whether a child is born with CHD or acquires a cardiac condition, early detection, timely intervention and lifelong care can be lifesaving. This month, we’re drawing attention to cardiac care for the children and families across the Valley who are at the heart of everything we do at the Willson Heart Center.

CHD Statistics


Expert Care with a Lot of Heart

With the most innovative techniques and readily available equipment, our pediatric heart experts have conducted many “firsts,” including the very first open heart surgery in the region and opening the area’s first catheterization lab. Our specialists provide the most advanced care for children who have congenital or acquired heart conditions by repairing the tiniest hearts with just 1/8-inch of a skin puncture.


About 15% of mothers whose babies are affected by a CHD received the diagnosis while pregnant


Lifesaving Screening for the Tiniest Hearts

According to the CDC, congenital heart defects are the most common birth defects. For children with congenital heart conditions, early detection leads to timely intervention which can be lifesaving. With the most advanced technology available, we provide noninvasive diagnostic services for children and expecting mothers.


Lifelong Care to Follow Your Heart

Due to medical advances, there are more adults today living with a congenital heart defect than ever before. As a result, access to such specialized care after the age of 18 can be a challenge. At the Willson Heart Center, there is no gap in care because we offer transitional education, with regular screenings and follow-up care into adulthood. By providing this continuum of care, our commitment to heart patients is lifelong.  


Learn more about the Willson Heart Center