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Cardiomyopathy, Heart Failure and Ventricular Assisted Device (VAD), Transplant Programs

We are proud to be a certified pediatric center by UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) to perform pediatric heart transplant and provide a mechanical cardiac assist device program for children with end-stage heart failure. By delivering expert evaluation, management and treatment at one location, our Children’s Heart Center offers children and their families access to a full range of medical and surgical care for heart failure closer to home. Adults with congenital heart disease needing heart transplantation will receive the best possible care through a collaboration of pediatric and adult heart transplantation physicians and surgeons.

Cardiomyopathy Program

Pediatric heart failure specialists team up with pediatric cardiologists to provide management and coordinated treatment options for infants to teenage patients with cardiomyopathy. In addition to cardiologists, this program includes nutritionists, pharmacists, cardio geneticists and behavioral health specialists to comprise an individualized care plan.

Heart Failure and Ventricular Assisted Device (VAD) Program

Our Heart Failure and VAD Program comprises a team of world-class surgeons, cardiologists, nurse practitioners, nurse coordinators and nurses who specialize in heart failure management and subsequent advanced medical care such as mechanical circulatory support or ventricular assistive devices (VADs). VADs also known as “artificial hearts”, are an option for some patients who are experiencing heart failure and waiting for a transplant or for their heart to get better.

VADs can be offered and used in infants all the way to adult-sized pediatric patients. We offer devices such as:

  • Berlin Heart ®
  • Heartmate 3 ™

Transplant Program

The cardiac transplant team of specially trained cardiologists, surgeons, nurse practitioners, transplant nurse coordinators and critical care trained nurses, partner with members from pharmacy, nutrition, social work, child life, behavioral health, immunology, and infectious disease to provide heart transplantation to our youngest of patients. We are proud to be the only Children’s Hospital in Connecticut to provide pediatric heart transplant and a mechanical circulatory support program for children with end stage heart failure. By delivering expert evaluation, management and treatment at one location, our Children’s Heart Center offers children and their family’s access to a full range of medical and surgical care for heart failure closer to home. Adults with congenital heart disease needing heart transplantation will receive the best possible care through a collaboration of pediatric and adult heart transplantation physicians and surgeons.

alex and mom

Alex's Story

Alex came to Yale New Haven Children's Hospital with severe congestive heart failure. Eventually he received a heart transplant. Follow his journey.