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Questions to ask when selecting your child's heart center

It’s hard to hear the words, “There is something wrong with your baby’s heart.” But there is hope. Thanks to new and better treatment, your baby’s chance of surviving is better with the right care. 

After receiving a diagnosis, many families don't know the questions to ask when selecting a care center for their child. To help guide families through this difficult time, the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association (PCHA), a parent-led national organization and advocacy group, developed the Guided Questions Tool to help families make more informed care decisions. 

In an effort to be as proactive and as transparent as possible for families, the Herma Heart Institute has supplied answers for each of the PCHA's questions. 

Some of this information may be unfamiliar or hard to understand. We encourage your to ask questions of your cardiologist or care team so they can help clarify. 

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Among the nation's best

U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked the Herma Heart Institute at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin among the top programs in the nation for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery. This ranking reflects the excellent outcomes and care we provide for even the most complex heart conditions. Families travel from across the country, and even around the world, to receive care from our specialists who are experienced in treating congenital heart disease from before birth and into adulthood.