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The pediatric heart transplant program exists within the larger cardiovascular program at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, NC.
The cardiovascular program, with pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery, has provided treatments that have dramatically improved survival for infants, children, teens and adults with congenital and acquired heart defects.
The heart transplant team at Levine Children's Hospital is a multidisciplinary team of cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, infectious disease physicians, advanced practice nurses, physical therapists, radiologists, pathologists, nutritionists, transplant pharmacists and transplant coordinators combined to provide comprehensive care to our complex patients and their families.
Social workers and child life services actively support our transplant patients. Together our team offers expertise in the care of patients with end-stage heart failure, ventricular assist devices and pre- and post-transplant management. Levine Children's Hospital has an active mechanical circulatory support program for children with end-stage heart disease. Modes of support include ECMO and Ventricular Assist Devices.
Though some diseases of the heart are treated effectively with medication, transplantation offers an acceptable treatment for many forms of end-stage heart failure. However, there are certain conditions that may not be effectively treated with transplantation and there may be other reasons why a child may not be a candidate for a heart transplant. Our medical team evaluates each patient to determine the best treatment methods for the individual.
Some of the conditions most commonly leading to heart transplantation or ventricular assist device implantation in infants and children are:
Steps in heart transplantation Include:
The comprehensive team of pediatric providers includes: