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Cardiac Tumors

What Are Cardiac Tumors?

Tumors of the heart are a very rare diagnosis, especially in children. When they do occur, they can be all shapes and sizes. Tumors can develop on the outside or inside of the heart. Tumors from other sites in the body that also develop in or around the heart are more common than primary heart tumors.

Most cardiac tumors are found incidentally. If there are symptoms, the symptoms associated with cardiac tumors are related to their size and location.

How Are Cardiac Tumors Diagnosed?

Your child’s physicians may ask for your child to have multiple tests done to investigate the tumor. These tests could include:

  • Echocardiogram
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Computed tomography
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Electrophysiological tests

How We Treat Cardiac Tumors

The treatment of cardiac tumors depends on the size, location, and symptoms related to the cardiac tumor. There are many tumors that are best to observe and some tumors that require surgical resection. The treatment is individualized to each patient, with the input and full involvement of the child and parents.

The Children’s Heart Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital has vast experience treating children from across the world who have cardiac tumors.

Our Innovative Approach to Cardiac Tumors

Innovations at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in the treatment of cardiac tumors include:

  • Multidisciplinary approach with surgery, cardiology, oncology, general surgery, and other services
  • Advanced perfusion strategies

Why Choose Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital?

The Children’s Heart Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital earned the three-star rating, the highest possible distinction, from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in congenital heart surgery. As one of only 10 three-star programs of the STS’s 118 participating programs, the Children’s Heart Center ranks among the elite in the United States and Canada for congenital heart surgery.

Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is recognized as one of the top 50 best children's hospitals nationally in Cardiology & Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Children’s Heart Center, in collaboration with pediatric sub-specialists at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, provides comprehensive care for newborns and children, with the ability to transition into adult congenital cardiac care.

Contact Us

Pediatric Cardiology Clinic
The University of Texas Health Science Center Professional Building
6410 Fannin, Suite 370
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 486-6755 (Appointment Line)

Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Clinic
The University of Texas Health Science Center Professional Building
6410 Fannin, Suite 370
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 500-5746
CMHH-Heart@memorialhermann.org

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