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Congenital Heart Center Welcomes New Division Chief

Biagio A. “Bill” Pietra, MD, joined the University of Florida College of Medicine faculty on July 1, 2014, as chief of pediatric cardiology. Dr. Pietra received his bachelor’s degree in […]

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Answers in a Heartbeat

For families with children facing complicated congenital heart conditions, waiting for answers can prove torturous. Physicians with the UF Health Congenital Heart Center are shortening that wait, using technology to diagnose patients even if they are hundreds of miles away.

Neighbors Mikayla and Wyatt were both supported by the Berlin Heart until they received their heart transplants.

Fixing Broken Hearts

What are the chances that two kids who live across the street from each other would both use the Berlin Heart and each have heart transplants at UF Health?

Lexi's nurse helps her get her backpack-size pneumatic driver on her shoulders so she can walk through the intensive care unit.

Sanford Teen First in Florida to Receive Total Artificial Heart

A 16-year-old girl in severe multi-organ system and heart failure is the first in Florida to receive the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart.

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UF Health Opens Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

The tiniest heart patients at UF Health now have an intensive care unit built just for them.

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How the Healthy Heart Works

The American Heart Association explains how the healthy heart works.

About Congenital Heart Defects

The American Heart Association explains congenital heart disease and congenital heart defects in adults and children.

Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)

The American Heart Association explains the congenital heart defect patent ductus arteriosus, PDA, in children and adults.

Single Ventricle Defects

The American Heart Association explains several types of single ventricle defects: hypoplastic left heart syndrome, pulmonary atresia, and tricuspid atresia in children and adults.

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Children's Special Needs

The American Heart Association explains the medical needs of children with congenital heart defects.

Cardiac Catheterizations

The American Heart Association explains that doctors can repair some heart defects without surgically opening your chest by using a procedure called an interventional cardiac catheterization.

Heart Transplant

The American Heart Association explains that a heart transplant gives a patient with congenital heart disease the opportunity to have a normal heart with normal blood circulation.

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