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Heart conditions, particularly in children, can be related to a variety of other ailments. When those situations arise, it is important to have quick access to testing, diagnosis and treatment, which in many cases can be life-saving.

Cook Children's is one of the largest independent pediatric health care systems in the nation. Our focus is on treating and curing illnesses, injuries and congenital and acquired defects. As part of our commitment to our patients to have the best medical options available and easily accessible, we work closely with other Cook Children's pediatric specialists across all of our specialties. Some of our most common collaborations include:

Your child's team may also include dietitians, child life specialists, social workers, physical therapists, psychologists and a variety of care teams throughout our system.

But perhaps our most important collaboration is the partnership we form with the patient, the family and the patient's pediatrician. It takes all of us, working together as team, to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality of care and that from the moment they are born right on through the adult years, the very best opportunities to live life to its fullest. You could say that we treat our patients for life.

Neuro-developmental follow up program

Advances in care for children with congenital heart defects have resulted in improved survival rates. Up to half of these children may experience challenges in their development and learning skills. To help them better cope, Cook Children's Heart Center provides a neuro-developmental follow-up program for infants and children up to three years of age. The program provides periodic developmental screening at six, 12, 24 and 36 months. Screenings include an in-depth neurodevelopmental evaluation to assess muscle tone, movement, perception, visual and auditory input, language, motor skills, coordination, vocalization, attention, learning, memory, reasoning and problem solving. If any deficiencies are noted, early interventions and recommendations are initiated, giving each child a pathway to as normal a childhood as possible.

Care beyond our walls

The same superior commitment to caring for kids at the medical center is found all across North Texas. Cook Children's offers care for all children, through:

And, in those rare cases when an infant, child or teen needs the kind of specialized critical care that only our medical center can provide, our award-winning Teddy Bear Transport team is always at the ready with ground and air ambulance transport.

Appointments and referrals

Rare and complex congenital heart defects don’t always present a clear cut method of treatment. Often, there are multiple ways of approaching the diagnosis. Our physicians also are available to provide second opinions for families seeking alternative treatment options. If you would like to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or speak to our staff, please call our offices at 682-885-2140.