What Are Cardiac Tumors?

Tumors of the heart are a very rare diagnosis, especially in children. When they do occur, they can be all shapes and sizes. Tumors can develop on the outside or inside of the heart. Tumors from other sites in the body that also develop in or around the heart are more common than primary heart tumors.

Most cardiac tumors are found incidentally. If there are symptoms, the symptoms associated with cardiac tumors are related to their size and location.

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How Are Cardiac Tumors Diagnosed?

Your child’s physicians may ask for your child to have multiple tests done to investigate the tumor. These tests could include:

  • Echocardiogram
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Computed tomography
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Electrophysiological tests

How We Treat Cardiac Tumors

The treatment of cardiac tumors depends on the size, location, and symptoms related to the cardiac tumor. There are many tumors that are best to observe and some tumors that require surgical resection. The treatment is individualized to each patient, with the input and full involvement of the child and parents.

The Children’s Heart Institute at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital has vast experience treating children from across the world who have cardiac tumors.

Our Innovative Approach to Cardiac Tumors

Innovations at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in the treatment of cardiac tumors include:

  • Multidisciplinary approach with surgery, cardiology, oncology, general surgery, and other services
  • Advanced perfusion strategies

Why Choose the Children’s Heart Institute?

At Children’s Heart Institute at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, patients with congenital or acquired heart disorders receive hands-on specialized care 24/7 from a team of affiliated physicians and specialty-trained nurses who aim to deliver the best possible outcomes.

Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital was named one of the top 25 best children's hospitals nationally in Cardiology & Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, Children’s Heart Institute is among the elite top 6% of congenital heart surgery programs in the Unites States and Canada for patient care and outcomes, according to the Fall 2019 Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Congenital Heart Surgery Database Report of 118 STS participating programs.

In collaboration with various subspecialties, the affiliated team provides comprehensive care for newborns, children and adolescents, with the ability to transition into adult congenital cardiac care. Team members have the experience and skills necessary to offer innovative treatment methods and specialized services, including, but not limited to:

  • Biventricular repairs and biventricular conversions
  • Congenital heart optimization
  • Full repairs for complex congenital heart defects in newborns
  • Hybrid catheterization and surgical procedures
  • Minimally invasive transcatheter pulmonary valve (TPV) therapy
  • Minimally invasive axillary repair (cosmetic right axillary thoracotomy for transatrial repair)
  • Treatment for adult congenital heart disease
  • Valve repairs and preservation

With the Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a dedicated Children’s Heart Institute Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, critical heart patients have access to quality, specialized care. By utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, the team at Children’s Heart Institute strives to offer patients with the most complex problems the greatest opportunity for a normal life.

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If you have any questions, use the online tool below to help us connect with you. To refer a patient or schedule an appointment, please contact our clinic using the information below.

  • Pediatric Cardiology Clinic
    The University of Texas Health Science Center Professional Building
    6410 Fannin, Suite 370
    Houston, TX 77030
    Phone: (713) 486-6755 (Appointment Line)
     
  • Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Clinic
    The University of Texas Health Science Center Professional Building
    6410 Fannin, Suite 370
    Houston, TX 77030
    Phone: (713) 500-5746
    CMHH-Heart@memorialhermann.org

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The Children’s Heart Institute at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is affiliated with the physicians at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and the UT Physicians Pediatric Outpatient Clinics across Greater Houston. Affiliated physicians evaluate patients at UT Physicians clinic locations and perform all inpatient procedures and treatments at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.