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The Heart of the Matter

Every year, approximately 40,000 babies are born with a congenital heart defect and heart disease is consistently one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Whether a child is born with a congenital defect or acquires any cardiac condition, early detection, timely intervention and lifelong care can be lifesaving. This month, we’re drawing attention to heart care for the children and families across the Valley who are at the heart of everything we do at the Willson Heart Center.

The Willson Heart Center has been a leader in pediatric heart care for more than 60 years


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. The Willson Heart Center performs approximately 8,500 electrocardiograms annually and more than 10,000 echocardiograms (echos) per year, including more than 400 fetal echos.


Living Heart Smart

With regular screenings and follow-up care into adulthood, our commitment to heart patients is lifelong. The Willson Heart Center’s Clinical Education and Lifestyle Management and Adult Congenital Heart Defect clinics provide patients with the transitional care that supports a heart healthy lifestyle as they grow into young adults. Whether a child has a congenital or acquired heart condition, eating well, staying active, managing stress and controlling their health is imperative to living heart smart.


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