A congenital heart defect or disease is a life-changing condition. At WVU Medicine Children’s Heart Institute, we offer life-changing care. Our Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Program is the only one of its kind in West Virginia. We deliver innovative heart procedures in a family-centered environment.
Your child’s heart is in the very best hands. Our exceptional care teams are made up of cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists, advanced practice providers, nurses, intensive care specialists, perfusionists, and others. They work together to make sure every procedure is just right for every patient. Families meet with their child’s surgeon and a nurse practitioner. They will help you understand your child’s heart condition and are happy to answer any questions about your child’s treatment and health.
Some congenital heart conditions require lifelong monitoring and treatment. We stay in close contact with your cardiologist and up-to-date on your heart health. Our goal is to help every patient lead the fullest possible life.
Conditions We Treat
We are very experienced in treating infants, children, and adults with congenital heart defects and diseases. We help with all of the following:
- Atrial septal defect—a hole in the wall between the heart’s upper chambers (atria)
- Atrioventricular canal defect—a hole in the tissue separating the left and right sides of the heart, causing disrupted blood flow between the upper and lower chambers
- Chest wall masses—abnormal masses in the chest cavity, sometimes found to be malignant tumors
- Coarctation of the aorta—a narrowing or blockage in the aorta causing decreased blood flow to the body
- Congenital pulmonary airway malformation (CPAM)—benign lung mass that continues to grow after a baby is born
Heart valve disorders—defects that disrupt blood flow between the heart’s four chambers:
- Atresia (undeveloped valve)
- Stenosis (narrowed valve)
- Regurgitation (valve that doesn’t close properly)
- Hypoplastic aortic arch—an underdeveloped aorta
- Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)—a blood vessel connecting the pulmonary artery to the aorta that fails to close after birth
Tetralogy of Fallot—a condition caused by a combination of four congenital heart defects:
- Ventricular septal defect
- Pulmonary valve stenosis
- Enlarged right ventricle
- Misplaced aorta
- Vascular rings—a group of abnormalities of the aorta and its branches that can cause feeding or breathing problems
- Ventricular septal defect—a hole in the wall between the heart’s lower chambers (ventricles)
Treatments and Services
At WVU Medicine Children’s Heart Institute, we know that every heart is unique. We tailor each pediatric and adult heart surgery we perform to the exact needs of each patient.
We care for most congenital heart and lung conditions. Treatments and services we provide include:
- Aortic arch reconstruction
- Aortic coarctation repair
- Atrial septal defect repair
- Atrioventricular defect repair
- Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
- Lung lobectomy for CPAM
- PDA ligation
- Resection of chest wall masses
- Tetralogy of Fallot repair
- Tricuspid atresia repair (with multistage single ventricle repair)
- Valve repairs and replacements
- Vascular ring repairs
- Ventricular septal defect repair
Serving our community of patients
We work here, and we live here. We’re privileged to be the only pediatric cardiothoracic program in the state. West Virginia residents and people from all over the country come to WVU Medicine Children’s Heart Institute for the best pediatric and adult congenital heart care.
- Child life specialists to guide your child through the emotional and psychological challenges of medical treatment
- Transportation services to help patients from other areas of the state get access to the treatments they need
- Referrals to accommodations at the Ronald McDonald House of Morgantown so you can be at your child’s bedside throughout their hospital stay
Cardiac High Acuity Monitoring Program (CHAMP)
The Cardiac High Acuity Monitoring Program (CHAMP) is a home monitoring system for infants born with single ventricle cardiac diseases. The system tracks babies’ conditions between their first and second surgeries as they recover at home.