Children’s Heart Center
At Yale New Haven Children’s Heart Center, we help children feel better. Our goal is to provide safe, sustainable, comprehensive care for pediatric and congenital heart disease across the lifespan. We know that one in every 100 babies will be born with a heart problem, and about a quarter of those will need heart surgery or another intervention within their first year of life. Some will need additional operations as they grow. Children’s heart problems are different from heart disease in adults, and there are many different types. We treat all of them.
Our doctors are innovators—many have national and international reputations—and they have access to the latest tools and techniques. They often diagnose heart defects in utero and treat babies soon after they are born, help older children live normal lives, and support teenagers as they transition from pediatric to adult cardiac care. When they aren’t caring for patients, many of our doctors are in the research lab investigating better ways to fix small hearts.
We are the only hospital in Connecticut that performs such highly specialized procedures as patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) closures for newborns, allowing many to avoid invasive surgeries, and the only pediatric center in the state to provide heart transplants and mechanical cardiac assist devices. Many of our outcomes surpass the national average in such areas as mortality and length of stay.
Yale wants patients to have easy access to care in their communities whenever possible. So, we care for our young patients in Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital and at other locations throughout the state from Greenwich to Old Saybrook.