Children with heart defects may react differently to anesthesia: one reason is because they may have lower levels of oxygen in their blood. This is why the Cardiac Center has a special anesthesia team dedicated to the care of cardiac patients. The Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is one of the few programs in the United States that provides anesthesia services exclusively to pediatric patients with heart conditions.
Patient outcomes at the Cardiac Center are among the best in the world, placing us in the top tier of pediatric cardiac programs. We're also consistently ranked among the best by U.S. News & World Report and Parents magazine.