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Pediatric Advanced Cardiac Therapies (PACT) Program

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Our Pediatric Advanced Cardiac Therapies program brings together patients who need diagnostic evaluations, heart failure treatment, ventricular assist device implantation or heart transplantation. As one of the first centers in the nation to have a dedicated pediatric heart transplant program and as one of the first dedicated pediatric heart failure treatment programs, we understand how helpful it is to do everything under one roof. This allows us to focus on treating heart failure early and to delay the need for transplantation, perhaps indefinitely. It also means that if transplantation becomes necessary, we already know your child well. Our Betty Irene Moore Children’s Heart Center, which is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report, plays a pivotal role in developing pediatric heart failure and heart transplantation innovations.

Pediatric Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs)

Stanford Children’s Health placed its first pediatric VAD in 1998, and we have operated as a VAD program continuously since that time. Today we are able to support children from infants to adolescents with a variety of VADs that meet the different needs of our diverse population. We have implanted well over 160 children with VADs, including 18 in the past year. We are currently working to expand VAD support to children and young adults with complex forms of heart disease who have previously not been able to receive the benefits of this therapy.

Heart Transplantation

The first successful pediatric heart transplant at Stanford was done over 35 years ago. Since that time, we have been in continuous operation as a pediatric heart transplantation program. With an average of 15 to 20 heart transplants performed each year and over 440 pediatric heart transplants in total, we are one of the most experienced programs in the nation. We’ve been holding the record for the highest volume of pediatric heart transplants in California for nine straight years. We routinely take on the most complicated patients for heart transplantation, including those with severe congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension. Despite this complexity, our results are outstanding.


The PACT program provides comprehensive care for children and families affected with all types of cardiomyopathy as well as complex congenital heart disease. We collaborate with other Stanford Health Care specialists such as Neuromuscular, Biochemical Genetics, and Oncology teams to treat the continuum of heart failure, from children at risk of cardiomyopathy to those in symptomatic heart failure. Patients and families are cared for by an integrated, multidisciplinary team. 

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Why Choose the PACT Program at Stanford Children’s Health for Your Child’s Advanced Heart Care Needs

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The Stanford team has performed its first successful heart transplant for a child more than 35 years ago. Since then, the Pediatric Advanced Cardiac Therapies (PACT) program team has performed more than 440 heart transplants and over 160 ventricular assist devices (VADs) implantations, making the PACT program at Stanford Children’s Health one of the highest heart transplant volume centers in the U.S.

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