Choosing Our Heart Center
When your child's heart is broken, you want the best possible pediatric cardiologists available to mend it. The vast technology and expertise available in our innovative heart programs, combined with the depth of knowledge and skill of our cardiologists, gives Cook Children's a superior level of outcomes.
Cook Children's is one of the few pediatric facilities in the nation to offer full-service cardiology care. Our rapidly growing heart center is quickly becoming one of the leading centers for newborns, children, adolescents and young adults with acquired or congenital heart and cardiovascular disorders and diseases. At Cook Children's, our goal is to work closely with our patients, their families and referring physicians to determine the best plan of treatment for the one thing that matters most: your child's well-being.
Nationally accredited Pediatric Heart Failure Institute. Cook Children's Heart Center is an Accredited Pediatric Heart Failure Institute. We combine cutting-edge technology with compassion and a family-centered approach to pediatric cardiac care and congenital heart surgery.
As part of our collaborative nature, we have access to the full support of a wide array of our pediatric specialties including neurosciences, genetics, hematology and other specialties that might be required to support your child's specific issue. Your child will also have access to state-of-the-art testing and diagnostics with a focus on technology that is minimally or noninvasive whenever possible. And that means giving you and your child the best treatment options and care choices available to repair their heart and help them grow and lead active lives.
Located right in the heart of Texas, and the nation, our fast-growing center includes:
- An elite team
- 3D aPPROaCH lab
- Cardiology testing and imaging center
- Cardiac catheterization lab
- Cardiac specialty care unit (CSCU)
- Echocardiography (Echo lab)
- Fetal echocardiography lab
- Cardiothoracic surgery suite
- Outpatient care
- Home monitoring
- Neuro-developmental follow up
- Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program
- Multiple locations across North Texas
Our new Heart Center, on the third floor of the South Tower, brings together all of the inpatient areas in one location, which was not previously available. The operating rooms, all-private intensive care unit and step-down unit are within several feet of each other. Additionally, all equipment needed for diagnostic testing or interventional procedures is located in the new Heart Center as well. The center includes a catheterization lab that can also be turned into an operating room without having to transport the patient. This allows for increased efficiencies, minimized risk for our medically fragile patients and an overall better experience for cardiology patients who require diagnostic testing or cardiac procedures.
Our team of specialists
Lead by recognized board-certified pediatric cardiac specialists, our Heart Center team includes:
- Cardiothoracic surgeons
- Cardiac intensivists
- Cardiac diagnosticians
- Cardiac anesthesiologists
- Physician assistants
- Nurse practitioners
- Child Life specialists
- Social workers
- Medical interpreters
- Clinical dietitians
Testing and diagnosis
Great outcomes begin with accurate testing and diagnoses. From EKGs to advanced 3D modeling and cardiac catheterization to state-of-the-art fetal echocardiography, the Heart Center at Cook Children's is well equipped to evaluate your child's condition and design not just a treatment plan, but a plan for life.
As parents ourselves, the expert pediatric cardiology team at Cook Children's understands your fears and works to ease them by making you a part of the team. From the very beginning, we will include you in the care of your child so that you can make the most informed decisions and choices that are right for your child and your family.
A major illness or long-term condition can impact the entire family physically, emotionally, and financially. So, in addition to our doctors and nurses, our family services programs offer support for the patient and the entire family. From Child Life specialists and social services to activities and sibling support programs and more, these programs are designed to help ease the way along your journey.
Appointments and referrals
Rare and complex congenital heart defects don’t always present a clear cut method of treatment. Often, there are multiple ways of approaching the diagnosis. Our physicians also are available to provide second opinions for families seeking alternative treatment options. If you would like to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or speak to our staff, please call our offices at 682-885-2140.