Cardiac Center Resources
18 Heart Facts For You
Read our "18 Heart Health Facts For You" to learn more about congenital heart disease and heart health awareness.
Child Life Services at the Cardiac Center
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 During Hospitalization
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.
Stay Connected with the Cardiac Center
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Support Siblings of Hospitalized Child
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 ABCs of the Hospital School Program
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.
Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) and Driving [PDF]
Learning how to drive is an important milestone for many teens and young adults. All new drivers need to know how their health conditions may affect their ability to drive safely. The effects of CHD on your everyday activities may transfer over to your driving abilities. Being aware of this can help increase your safety behind the wheel.
Cardiac Complications of COVID-19 in Children Podcast
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
Preparing for Hospitalization and Medical Procedures
Find information on how to prepare your child for hospitalization and how the child life staff at CHOP can help.
CPR, AED and First Aid Series
Watch video demonstrations about CPR, AED and First Aid.
ECG Information Series
Watch and learn more information about an electrocardiogram (ECG).
American Heart Association
AHA is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
American Organ Transplant Association (AOTA)
The American Organ Transplant Association helps to make organ transplant surgery, travel and aftercare available to patients and their families.
American Society of Transplantation (AST)
AST is an organization of transplant professionals dedicated to research, education, advocacy and patient care in transplantation science and medicine.
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
UNOS is a private, nonprofit organization managing the nation's organ transplant system under contract with the federal government.