At Children’s Hospital Colorado, we regularly treat complex and rare heart conditions and conduct research to push the field of pediatric cardiology forward. In an effort to improve cardiology for kids not just in our care, but everywhere, we’re sharing resources based on our experience and research.
In the videos below, our pediatric heart experts discuss important topics in the field, including treatment for specific conditions, research findings and much more to help better prepare you to care for patients with congenital and childhood heart conditions.
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) treatment and research
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is a complex heart defect in which the structures of the left side of the heart don’t develop properly. The left ventricle does not operate as a systemic ventricle, obstructing blood flow to the rest of the body both during fetal development and after birth. Prenatal diagnosis is essential for HLHS so our pediatric specialists can begin treatment right after birth or during pregnancy, in some cases.
In the following video, James Jaggers, MD, Co-Director of the Heart Institute at Children’s Colorado and pediatric cardiac surgeon, discusses HLHS treatment options, HLHS survival rates at Children’s Colorado and multidisciplinary follow-up care. Dr. Jaggers also talks about the cutting-edge research we are involved in as part of the Mayo Clinic’s HLHS consortium.
Non-surgical patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) closure for neonates
Recent innovations in cardiac catheterization allow pediatric interventional cardiologists to perform non-surgical patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) closure on premature infants, offering families a lower risk and less invasive option than PDA closure surgery. Children’s Colorado is the only pediatric hospital in the region performing this advanced procedure with the Piccolo device from Abbott Labs, which was recently approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).
In this video, Gareth Morgan, MD, Medical Director of our Cardiac Catheterization Program, discusses the advantages of transcatheter PDA closure, referral guidelines for neonatologists and what the experience is like for patients and families.