Cardiac Center Resources
Read our "18 Heart Health Facts For You" to learn more about congenital heart disease and heart health awareness.
Through the use of education, preparation, and developmentally appropriate activities, child life specialists at CHOP can help cardiac patients minimize stress and learn positive coping skills.
Learn about medical play and its therapeutic benefits for hospitalized children. Find links to age-specific information.
Play and recreation can be therapeutic by giving children the opportunity to explore, express and process their healthcare experiences in a safe, non-threatening environment.
Learn about the reactions siblings may have when a brother or a sister is in the hospital and what caregivers can do to help the family cope.
For Parents and Caregivers
The teachers in the Hospital School Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia teach you everything you need to know about the ABCs of Hospital school.
Educational Materials for Practitioners
View this web presentation by Julie Brothers, MD, to learn how to diagnose dyslipidemia using the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) screening guidelines, and to understand appropriate diet, lifestyle and drug treatment options.
Matthew Elias, MD, attending cardiologist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, discusses COVID-19’s impact on the heart and how it affects outpatient care for children who have recovered.
Preparing for Your Child's Procedure
Find information on how to prepare your child for hospitalization and how the child life staff at CHOP can help.
AHA is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
The American Organ Transplant Association helps to make organ transplant surgery, travel and aftercare available to patients and their families.
AST is an organization of transplant professionals dedicated to research, education, advocacy and patient care in transplantation science and medicine.
UNOS is a private, nonprofit organization managing the nation's organ transplant system under contract with the federal government.