Program Highlights - Children's Heart Center for Pediatric Cardiology
In June 2011, Phoenix Children's and CHW/St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center (St. Joseph’s) joined all of their pediatric programs, including Cardiology. Uniting the two organizations’ pediatric programs into one exceptional pediatric health care delivery system will enhance patient care and facilitate the development of the Children's Heart Center into a regional Center of Excellence.
Here are a few Children's Heart Center program highlights we are very proud of.
Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Program
Phoenix Children's has the only pediatric-dedicated cardiac catheterization suite in the state and the only laboratory for "hybrid" procedures in the Southwest.
More than 300 cardiac catheterization procedures were performed in 2008. Fifty percent of these were interventional procedures, allowing many patients to avoid open-heart surgery.
More than 375 pediatric heart surgeries, including 270 open-heart surgeries, took place at Phoenix Children's Hospital in 2008.
Fifteen percent of those surgeries were in babies less than four weeks of age.
In 2008, more than 100 electrophysiologic studies were performed for a variety of electrical conditions.
95 percent of our ablations result in a "cure," avoiding the need for life-long antiarrhythmic medication therapy.
Drs. Andrew Papez and Mitchell Cohen evaluate children at risk for sudden cardiac death and offer comprehensive evaluation for families at risk.
Dr. Cohen has implanted more than 250 pacemaker/defibrillators and currently follows nearly 500 patients in a pacemaker clinic, providing comprehensive outpatient care for these patients. Patients can also be followed with the latest remote home monitors to minimize outpatient visits and hospitalizations.
The cardiac imaging team, led by Dr. Bryan Sandweiss, performed 8,600 inpatient and 1,300 outpatient echocardiograms in 2005.
Phoenix Children's has the only pediatric cardiologist trained in cardiac MRI in Arizona, completing more than 200 cases in 2005.
State-of-the-art imaging using 3-D, 4-D, and tissue Doppler/velocity mapping were implemented in 2006.
In 2008, Drs. Roy Jedeikin and Chris Lindblade evaluated 350 fetuses with complex congenital heart disease and suspected fetal arrhythmias.
Early identification has allowed for establishing coordinated care with cardiology, perinatology, neonatology, and cardiothoracic surgery.
Research and Education
Between 2007 and 2008, the Heart Center team have participated in national research studies to continue advancing the field as well as bring the latest technology and expertise to Phoenix Children's.
Many members of the Heart Center team have lectured extensively and local and national meetings.
Cardiology / Cardiothoracic Surgery (602) 933-3366