More About the Heart Center
Our Children’s Heart Center serves as the tertiary referral center for the highly respected Children's Heart Program of South Carolina. The Children's Heart Program is a network of pediatric cardiology providers and outreach centers throughout the state, offering comprehensive inpatient and outpatient cardiovascular care to all South Carolina children and surrounding regions.
We also offer the Heart Health Program, which is both the pediatric weight management program of the MUSC Children’s Hospital and the preventive cardiology service of the Children's Heart Center. As a family-centered and lifestyle-oriented program, Heart Health is appropriate for any child or adolescent who has abnormal weight gain and/or associated cardiovascular risk factors, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or pre-diabetes.
The Heart Center at MUSC Children’s Health provides nationally ranked cardiac care to our patients. From the womb though adulthood, we offer some of the best inpatient and outpatient cardiovascular services in South Carolina. Using a coordinated approach, our care team is trained to treat all heart conditions, from common occurrences like chest pain and murmurs to more complex issues such as congenital and acquired heart disease.
We also provide care for infants in our state-of-the-art Pediatric Cardiology Intensive Care Unit (PCICU) and offer heart health care and preventive cardiology through our Heart Health Program. The 2018–19 edition of U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Children's Hospitals has once again ranked MUSC Children's Hospital as a "best hospital" for children's heart programs, ranking us in the top 15 programs in the country.
2017 Annual Report
MUSC's Children's Heart Center is the recipient of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons 3-start rating for Congenital Heart Surgery Public Reporting in Fall 2017 – denoting the highest category of quality and awarded to only 11 out of 118 members nationally.
Read the Annual Report (PDF).
Cardiac Conditions We Treat
- Bacterial endocarditis
- Congenital heart disease
- Eisenmenger syndrome
- Heart failure
- Heart murmurs
- Heart transplantation
- Kawasaki disease
- Metabolic syndrome
- Pediatric obesity
- Problems affecting the coronary arteries and blood vessels
- Problems involving heart rhythm
- Rheumatic heart disease
Heart Center Services
The MUSC Children’s Health Heart Center’s Adult Congenital (present from birth) Heart Disease program offers patients a comprehensive management team.
The MUSC Children’s Health Heart Center is one of the few pediatric centers to offer state-of-the-art programs in both cardiac (CT) & cardiac (cMRI).
Our pediatric cardiologists provide in- and out-patient diagnosis, treatment and follow-up services for a full range of heart disorders throughout the state.
The MUSC Children’s Health Heart Center has cardiothoracic anesthesiologists who plan safe anesthesia use based on the unique needs of each child.
Cardiothoracic surgeons at MUSC Children's Health excel in all surgical procedures for cardiac disorders, with more than 350 operations performed annually.
The MUSC Pediatric Echocardiography Lab is a full-service imaging program, performing routine, complex and fetal echocardiograms.
The MUSC Fetal Heart Program provides comprehensive care for mothers carrying babies with a confirmed or suspected heart problem.
The Heart Health Program is a comprehensive service encompassing both pediatric weight management and preventative cardiology services.
The MUSC Children’s Health Heart Rhythm Program provides comprehensive evaluation & management of arrhythmias in the fetus, infant, child, adolescent & adults.
The MUSC Children’s Health Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU) team provides care for children who need complex medical and surgical treatment.
The MUSC Children’s Health Heart Center Interstage Monitoring Program prevents life-threatening events & improves growth between newborn & 2nd stage operations.
The MUSC Children’s Health Heart Center treats kids with congenital tracheal stenosis. To date, our one-year survival rate after slide tracheoplasty is 100%.