Heart Health Center
Your Child's Heart
Get the basics on everything from keeping your child's heart healthy to some of the heart problems that can affect kids. To start, it helps to learn how the heart works.
What Can Go Wrong?
Sometimes, there's a problem with how a heart formed. This is called a heart defect. Mild defects might not need treatment. Otherwise, most heart defects are treated during infancy.
Learn about congenital heart defects
Children's Heart Problems
Here's what to know about three common heart problems so that you can plan for next steps.
An arrhythmia is when the heart beats too slowly, too quickly, or irregularly. Some need medical care.
Premature ventricular contractions
How Doctors Check the Heart
Doctors use different tests for different heart conditions.
Heart Surgeries and Procedures
A few kids will need surgery. Many kids get simple procedures, but a few infants born with serious heart defects might need more complex surgery.
Fontan, Glenn, and Norwood procedures
What's a great way to keep your child's heart healthy? Encourage healthy eating and exercise!
High cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease, which has its roots in childhood.
Though too much fat can be unhealthy, some kinds of fat are good for us and are an important part of a healthy diet.
Your Child's Weight
"What's the right weight for my child?" is one of the most common questions parents have. It seems like a simple one, but it's not always easy to answer.
Having a heart murmur means that the blood makes an extra noise as it flows through the heart. Most murmurs are normal. Sometimes a murmur happens because of a problem in the heart.
Cardiomyopathy is when the heart muscle gets too thick, too thin, or too stiff. This makes it hard to pump blood through the body.
If you need to take your child's pulse, there are different ways to do it depending on your child's age.