Pediatric heart disease doesn’t stop, and neither will we. Each year in the United States, one in 120 babies is born with heart disease. Many others are diagnosed during childhood and adolescence. All told, there are millions of children living with serious heart diseases.
Researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and many other pediatric cardiac centers are making great progress in revolutionizing treatments and improving outcomes for these children, but more funding is needed to accelerate their work.
Researchers and clinicians at CHOP are working every day to improve the lifelong health and well-being of children with congenital heart disease. Our team is conducting research on the genetic roots of CDH, new methods of treating single ventricle defects, inventing new diagnostic tools and treatment options for patients with lymphatic flow disorders, and much more.
Exceptional Patient Care and Treatment
The Cardiac Center at CHOP is one of the world’s largest and most accomplished pediatric heart centers, offering care for children from around the globe with acquired and congenital heart conditions. We perform more than 75,000 diagnostic tests on patients each year – including nearly 900 cardiothoracic surgeries and more than 500 open-heart procedures – and have some of the best patient outcomes in the world.
For All Kids
Philly Spin-In is a celebration of all of our heart warriors who have been cared for by our Cardiac Center team. We ride for each and every one of them. Our patient ambassadors represent the millions of children born each year with heart disease. As they share their stories, they help the world understand what congenital heart disease is and why it’s worth supporting institutions like Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
We ride because we believe we can change and save the lives of children with pediatric heart disease. To make it happen, new treatments are urgently needed. Current projects funded by the Philly Spin-in aim to enhance training, efficiency and communication — all with the goal of continuing advancements in patient care.
“To make progress, you have to push the envelope and we’re the people to do it. New technologies don’t scare us – they inspire us to find the best solutions for our patients and families. We really need the support of philanthropy to make that possible”
— Matthew Gillespie, MD, Interventional Cardiologist