Best Hospitals for Children With Severe Congenital Heart Disease

These 30 hospitals are top-ranked in pediatric heart care and experienced in treating high-risk defects.

Total anomalous pulmonary venous return. Hypoplastic left heart syndrome. 

Truncus arteriosus. Terms like these speak volumes to the parents of children with severe congenital heart defects. 

Heart defects occur in about 1 in 100 babies, or about 40,000 U.S. newborns per year. 

While any such problem can be terrifying, the surgeries required 

for the most severe defects are particularly risky, and the road to a healthy childhood is especially long. 

Some hospitals have more experience than others in treating the most severe forms of congenital heart disease, 

and those are where many parents turn if their child needs a high-risk operation. 

Studies show the more experience a hospital and its surgical team have in performing high-risk operations, the better outcomes tend to be.