Heart Institute

Published On 05/21/2012

Nationally recognized as a top pediatric cardiology and heart surgery program, the Heart Institute provides care for patients with congenital heart defects from before birth to adulthood.

The Heart Institute is the Southeast's only pediatric heart program to earn a "Top 10" designation by U.S. News & World Report, and our surgical outcomes consistently earn the highest possible three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)

The state-of-the-art catheterization labs showcase some of the best technology in the field of pediatric cardiology. Three-dimensional reconstruction capabilities and expertise in cardiac MRI allow for quicker diagnoses, better planning for surgeries and minimal exposure to radiation. Surgeons and cardiologists carefully work with families to plan for optimal outcomes that will give your child the best quality of life possible. Our Adult Congenital Heart Disease program provides long-term care plans, cardiology check-ups and care tailored perfectly for adults living with a pediatric defect.  

The Heart Institute team provides cardiology coverage at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and conducts joint research to better improve the lives of children with heart defects.

The Heart Institute evaluates and treats all forms of congenital and acquired heart disease such as:

  • Anomalous coronary artery (ACA)
  • Aortic stenosis
  • Atrial septal defects (ASD)
  • Atrioventricular canal (AV canal or AVC)
  • Bacterial endocarditis
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Ebstein’s anomaly
  • Genetic cardiac conditions
  • Heart murmurs
  • Heart tumors
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Myocarditis
  • Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary stenosis
  • Rhythm disorders (arrhythmia)
  • Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
  • Transposition of the great arteries
  • Ventricular septal defect (VSD)

Heart Institute specialists including cardiac nurses, surgeons, intensivists and technicians discuss cases each week and develop a plan of care specific to each child or adult with congenital heart defects. You will also have access to Child Life specialists, parent mentors and are encouraged to participate in bedside rounds.

For more information, contact us at cardiac@lebonheur.org or 1-866-870-5570.