Heart Center

Lurie Children's Heart Center provides care for patients with the most complex and serious heart conditions, such as congenital heart defects and Marfan syndrome. With over 10,000 annual visits, our cardiologists provide care and conduct cardiovascular and heart transplant surgeries for more children with cardiac conditions than any other hospital in Illinois.




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The WubbaNub Plush Toy Pacifier is designed to give babies comfort with a unique combination of a cute plush toy and hospital grade pacifier. The addition of a soft, bean-filled animal friend not only provides simulation for small fingers but also positioning support for the pacifier. Your support can help provide one WubbaNub for an infant in Lurie Children's Heart Center.


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KidSTAR simulation training
Lurie Children's KidSTAR simulation lab provides Heart Center physicians and nurses a risk-free, hands-on practice of important skills and procedures. Simulation sessions allow caregivers to practice performing delicate procedures that require a great deal of skill. Your gift will provide 3 hours of Heart Center team training in the KidSTAR simulation lab.


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Continuing education for nurses
At Lurie Children's, our nurses say it's all about the kids and our families say it's all about the nurses. You can support the growth and education of our incredible Heart Center nurses. By providing funding for training sessions and continuing education you are helping our nurses be more prepared to provide the best care for our patients and families.


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Honor your caregiver (Heart Center)
Pay tribute to a special doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional who made a difference in your hospital stay or visit. Your contribution will be directed to your honoree's specific area of greatest need. Honored caregivers will receive a custom lapel pin to wear proudly.


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Cardiac neurodevelopmental support
Today, the survival rate for children treated at Lurie Children's for congenital heart disease is 98% - the second highest of any pediatric hospital in the nation. To maximize the quality of life for these kids, individualized testing is required to develop personalized strategies with families and schools to give each child the best possible opportunity for academic and social success.


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Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for a family in need
When a child experiences cardiac arrest at home, an automated external defibrillator (AED) can sometimes be the only lifesaving tool for a family. AEDs are portable electronic devices that can detect and treat a child's potentially life-threatening irregular heart beat.


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Train tomorrow's leaders
Today's alarming drop in physicians entering the field of pediatric cardiology has resulted in too few specialists to meet growing demands. Fellowships in the Division of Cardiology address this problem and offer the best hope for future patients and their families by nurturing physicians and researchers early in their careers.


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Advance cardiology research
The Heart Center at Lurie Children's has built the first biologic repository of cardiac tissues harvested from children undergoing open heart surgery. Under the direction of physician scientist, Dr. Conrad Epting, current and future investigators can utilize this unique resource to support translational research aimed at improving outcomes for children with congenital heart disease.