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UC Davis Health System

UC Davis Health System

Caring for young heart patients

Photo: Pediatric heart enter patient, UC Davis Children's Hospital
UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center offers specialty care close to home.

Abnormalities of the heart are among the most common congenital defects, occurring in about one percent of all infants. Each year, some 40,000 children in the United States are born with congenital heart defects.

Children with congenital heart defects can receive expert evaluation, highly specialized procedures and heart surgery at UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center. The pediatric heart center is part of UC Davis Children's Hospital and offers a comprehensive range of diagnostic, therapeutic, and surgical procedures for children with congenital heart defects.

The staff at UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center are an interdisciplinary team of experts, including pediatric cardiologists, pediatric nurses and specialists with training in the latest diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Children requiring surgery are treated by our full-time pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon. Children also benefit from specialized cardiac care from a licensed clinical nurse specialist, an advanced practice nurse in the care of children and families with cardiac conditions. All our staff members provide compassionate care throughout a child's stay and ongoing support during recovery and rehabilitation.

Unique partnership provides collective expertise

The pediatric heart center was formed as part of a unique partnership with UC San Francisco, a nationally recognized leader in advanced treatments for children with congenital heart defects. The partnership enables our pediatric and cardiology experts to consult and collaborate with UCSF specialists to provide integrated heart services to children in the greater Sacramento region. This team approach enhances the evaluation a child receives so that parents are provided a full range of treatment options.

Outreach clinics for your convenience

In addition to seeing patients at the UC Davis Children's Hospital in Sacramento, our pediatric heart specialists hold periodic outreach clinics throughout the region. This allows children in outlying areas to receive a consultation and evaluation without having to travel to Sacramento.

Exclusively at UC Davis Children's Hospital

UC Davis Children's Hospital is currently the only hospital in the region to offer pediatric heart surgery. Our partnership with UCSF provides young heart patients in Sacramento and the surrounding regions an unmatched level of specialized treatment and care. If you want unparalleled local care for your child, ask your pediatrician or primary care physician for a referral to UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call 1-800-2UCDAVIS.