Our dream is that every Mexican child, born with congenital heart defects has access to the best quality of cardiac care.

Our mission:

The development of quality healthcare programs for children with heart diseases.

Continuous training of our dedicated medical teams.

Raise awareness towards congenital heart diseases.

What to ask your medical team before your child receives heart surgery

1.- How many pediatric heart procedures are performed per year by the program? How many times has your program performed the pediatric heart surgeries like the one you are recommending for my infant/child/young adult in the last year?

The more a surgeon performs a particular procedure, the more opportunities he has to develop those skills. The volume of cases provides experience to the medical team so that they develop excellence in the procedure. Our three highly-experienced surgeons perform 400 surgeries per year.

2.- Do you have a cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) that cares exclusively for children with heart defects?

Diagnosis and surgery are as important as postoperative care. The cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) ensures that your child will be closely supervised by trained experts to meet the unique needs of babies and children who come out of heart surgery. These units are specially equipped with pediatric devices and monitors that guarantee that immediate help is always available.

3.- Does the program have a full-time team of surgeons exclusively dedicated to the program?

Caring for a child with congenital heart disease is a team effort. The program has a interdisciplinary team of pediatric heart experts that includes cardiac intensive care physicians, cardiac anesthesiologists, cardiac interventionalists, cardiac catheterization technicians, cardiac imaging specialists, electrophysiologists, cardiac genetics team, nurses, nutritionists, perfusionists, social workers, case managers and respiratory therapists who specialize in caring for children with heart disease. Every physician in the program works as a team member guiding the patient from admission through discharge.

Pediatric patients with heart surgeries have very special needs and require a team that has special training in cardiac procedures and treatment.

Pediatric heart surgeons have specialized training in children. Pediatric cardiac surgery, of high complexity, has particular challenges due to the children's heart size and the characteristics of the diseases that affect them. The best results are obtained when cardiovascular surgeons are exclusively dedicated to pediatric cardiac surgery, with a high volume of patients.

Pediatric heart surgeons have specialized training in children. Pediatric cardiac surgery, of high complexity, has particular challenges due to the children's heart size and the characteristics of the diseases that affect them. The best results are obtained when cardiovascular surgeons are exclusively dedicated to pediatric cardiac surgery, with a high volume of patients.

 Intensivists  treat children who are in a delicate condition in the postoperative period, and who require a very particular management. An intensivist specialized in pediatric cardiovascular patients is prepared to detect subtle changes in the functioning of the heart and act efficiently since the response time is critical. General intensivists have training in treating infections, traumas, cardio-respiratory disorders, and other severe problems that may arise. A cardiac intensivist has additional training in caring for exclusively for the most critically ill cardiac patients with severe and rare heart disorders. Patients benefit from having cardiac intensivists on their care teams because they’re prepared to care for any complication that may occur.

Congenital heart diseases are those that originate since the baby is in the womb, while acquired heart diseases are those that are acquired after birth. The  nurses  who are responsible for the post-operative heart care receive specific training, are sensitized to care for this group of critically ill patients, and support intensivists in decision-making.

Anesthesia and pain management are particularly important when dealing with children with heart conditions. Children respond to anesthesia differently than adults and need an extra level of attention. Pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists  are specially trained to treat this unique group of patients.

Perfusionists handle the machine that supports the patient during heart surgery.

 Psychologists  support the child and their family throughout the process, and are of fundamental importance to their overall well-being.

4.- Are the results of the surgeries and catheterizations audited and published? Do you know the survival outcome rates of your program?

It is important that the results of a highly specialized program be audited by an external association expert in its measurement so that its publication is objective and comparable.

5.- Does the program have more than one surgeon in pediatric cardiology?

If an emergency comes up and your child's surgeon is not available, there should be another surgeon on duty, equally trained and involved in the case.

6.- What conditions do you treat?

There are different ways to measure the complexity of surgeries. For the classification of cases, the risk stratification method  RACHS 1  (Risk Adjustment in Congenital Heart Surgery-1) was used, based on a medical consensus of experts.

This methodology groups patients in a scale from 1- 6, from lower to higher risk, allowing statistical analysis to improve quality.

In our programs, the number of complex RACHS-1 surgeries (4, 5 and 6) has gradually increased without sacrificing results nor quality.

ONE out of 120 children is born with a heart disease.

(Abdulla, J. Pediatr. Cardiol. 23:481-482, 2002. )

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"I come from Mazatlan, Sinaloa. When I was born I was diagnosed with an atrial septal defect, which is a defect in the heart. Thanks to Kardias I had surgery and I had a healthy and happy childhood. Today I am 20 years old, I am studying Nutrition and I hope to specialize in Clinical Nutrition to help more people. "

"After being a mother, Kardias is the best thing that has ever happened to me in life "

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