Rady Children’s Heart Institute provides a full array of services in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, and treats a wide range of congenital heart conditions in infants, children and adults.
Congenital heart defects are problems in the heart’s structure that are present at birth. Approximately 1 in every 100 newborns has these defects, which can range from mild to severe.
The defects occur when there is incomplete or abnormal development of the fetus’ heart during the very early weeks of pregnancy. Some are known to be associated with genetic disorders, but the cause of most congenital heart defects is unknown. Although these can’t be prevented, many treatments are available for the defects as well as any related health problems.
Some congenital heart defects cause serious symptoms right at birth, requiring newborn intensive care in the hospital and immediate evaluation by a cardiologist. Other defects, like atrial septal defects, may go undiagnosed until the teen, or even adult, years. Learn more about congenital heart defects.
Our expert cardiac specialists treat the full range of pediatric cardiac conditions, as well as congenital and acquired heart disease in some adult patients. For information on conditions not listed, click here.
Conditions we treat include
- Aortic stenosis
- Anomalous pulmonary veins
- Atrial septal defect
- Atrioventricular canal defect (AV Canal)
- Atrioventricular septal defect
- Coarctation of the aorta
- Congestive heart failure
- Double inlet left ventricle
- Double outlet right ventricle
- Ebstein’s anomaly
- Endocarditis (Infective)
- Heart murmurs
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
- Hypoplastic or interrupted aortic arch
- Kawasaki disease
- Long QT syndrome
- Marfan syndrome
- Mitral valve abnormalities
- Patent ductus arteriosus
- Pulmonary atresia
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Pulmonary stenosis
- Rheumatic heart disease
- Single ventricle (all forms of functional single ventricle)
- Supraventricular tachycardia
- Swiss-cheese atrial septal defect (ASD)
- Tetralogy of Fallot
- Total anomalous pulmonary venous return
- Transposition of the great arteries (D-type, L-type)
- Tricuspid atresia
- Truncus arteriosus, types I-IV
- Valve disease in children
- Vascular rings and slings
- Ventricular septal defect
- Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome
Our Specialized Services Include:
- Inpatient care: Cardiothoracic ICU (CTICU)
- Outpatient care
- Kawasaki Disease
- Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program
- Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcomes Clinic
- Cardiopulmonary Exercise Laboratory
- Cardiovascular imaging
- Diagnostic and interventional catheterization
- Electrophysiology (heart rhythm disorders and pacemakers)
- Fetal Cardiology Program
- Heart Transplant Center
- Home Monitoring Program
- Image-Guided Intervention Center
- Pulmonary Hypertension Program
- Single Ventricle Program
- Transitional Program
Heart Transplant-Related Organizations and Websites
American Heart Association
Offers easy-to-read medical information and pictures on congenital heart defects and children.
Children’s Organ Transplant Association
An organization that works to make lifesaving organ transplants accessible to all COTA works with individuals of all ages to arrange the necessary funding for transplant expenses. Call 1-800-366-2682.
National Foundation for Transplants
National non-profit organization that offers a program of healthcare and financial support services and patient advocacy for transplant candidates, recipients and their families. Call 1-800-489-3863.
A non-profit organization committed to providing support, awareness, education and advocacy to those involved with organ transplants. Call 1-800-TRIO-386.
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
A non-profit membership organization that manages the National Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN) and U.S. Scientific Registry under contracts with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Call 1-800-TXINFO-1.
World Transplant Games Federation
The organizing body of the World Transplant Games with the purpose to “visibly demonstrate the benefits of successful organ transplantation, work to increase public awareness of its success and thereby increase organ donation rates, as well as promote the full rehabilitation and wel-lbeing of our participants.”
Adjustment and Coping Websites
Band Aids and Blackboards
Designed for children with medical challenges of all types, this site is highly interactive, with information for kids, teens and adults.
Mind Your Mind
Award-winning site for youth by youth, offering information, resources and tools to help manage stress, crisis and mental health.
Support to individuals who have siblings with special needs.
Source: Pediatric Heart Transplants: A Guide for Patients and Families, Pediatric Heart Transplant Study Foundation, Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation
Congenital Heart Disease Information
Camp for Children with Heart Disease
Education and Research Organizations
Ollie’s Branch is an access point to mental health specialists that support heart families (including the heart warrior and their parents, siblings, grandparents, and other primary caregivers) through therapy sessions offered at no cost to the recipient. Ollie’s Branch is a resource that families can continue to take advantage of throughout their – and their child’s – lifetime.
Our diverse community of therapists specializes in the trauma heart families face, and they create a safe forum while lessening the stigma surrounding mental health. To learn more or if you would like to be matched with one of the therapists in our Ollie’s Branch community, visit our website at theohhf.org/ollies-branch.
Mended Little Hearts is a nationwide organization for parents, caregivers and families of children with heart defects/disease that provides resources and a caring support network to help families work through overwhelming emotions involved with having a child with a heart defect. Mended Little Hearts helps families move forward to find laughter, healing and hope.
Your local San Diego chapter members invite you to join us at any of our upcoming VIRTUAL Mended Little Hearts of San Diego events until we are able to meet in person after COVID-19 restrictions are released.
Community events are a great way to meet other families and caregivers in the CHD community to share resources or experiences to support each other.
Mended Hearts recently created a new program called “Young Mended Hearts” to give hope and support to teens and young adults who have heart disease, including congenital heart disease (CHD).
Our group has a new teen coordinator, Kaiden Simon, that will be planning some Young Mended Hearts in-person events for our local San Diego Chapter starting early 2023. If you are a teen/young adult or know a teen/young adult looking to meet similar people, be on the lookout for details about those events soon.
Questions about our Mended Hearts or just need another heart parent to talk to?
Please reach out to us by contacting our group leaders:
- Lead Coordinator: Julie Marshall (760-583-8515 or email@example.com)
- Bravery Bag Coordinator: Cindy Edgerly (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Teen Coordinator: Kaiden Simon (email@example.com)
Download the Digital Little Heart Guide: https://mendedhearts.org/heart-guides
Become a member at https://mendedhearts.org/connect/member-enrollment.
The Heart Institute at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is proud to offer families and referring providers/facilities a secure way to share medical images.
Ambra is an industry-leading cloud sharing platform that enables secure, reliable sharing of medical imaging data between hospitals and patients.
To send us images such as cardiac MRI, cardiac CT, catheterization studies and echocardiograms, please see the guide below, then visit