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The Heart House
It's easy to understand how the heart works if you think of the heart as a house. The Children's Heart Institute has provided a tour of the heart for our patients, family, friends and anyone interested in learning how the heart works.

Think of the heart as a house...

How the Heart Works
Understand how the heart works including how blood flows through a healthy heart and how the heart pumps.

The Heart House
Heart Electric System
Blood Flow - Diagram
Blood Flow - Slide Show
How the Heart Pumps
The Aorta

How Blue Blood Turns Red

Bacterial Endocarditis
Find out if your child at risk for Bacterial Endocarditis.

Congenital Heart Defects
Learn about heart defects and what doctors can do to fix them.

Congestive Heart Failure
Learn about the causes and symptoms of congestive heart failure.

Resources for Dysautonomia and Postural Tachycardia Syndrome information.

Fainting (Syncope)
Learn all about fainting (Syncope): what it is, what causes it, how doctors test for it and treatment.

The most common cardiac conditions can be caused by genetic problems. This section includes a family tree you can print and fill out to help your doctor understand your family history.

The Heart from A to Z
Confused about the words used to describe your child's heart problem? Here is an explanation of pediatric cardiology terms.

Heart Beat
Learn about heart beat, heart rhythm, and heart rate. What causes the heart to normally beat faster and when parents or caregivers should be concerned.


Heart Picture Gallery
Our gallery of heart pictures includes echocardiograms and drawings. Easily find pictures of Aneurysm of the Atrial Septum
, Blalock-Taussig Shunt (BT Shunt), Persistent Left Superior Vena Cava, Pulmonary Valve Stenosis and Williams Syndrome.

Heart Murmurs
Learn all about heart murmurs: what they are, how they are caused, physical signs, and get answers to the most common questions.

Marfan Syndrome
Learn about Marfan Syndrome: what it is, causes, risks, and how to manage the condition.

Mitral Valve Prolapse
Learn about Mitral Valve Prolapse with our ECHO photos and an animated slide show.

Meet Our Patients
Read about some of the patients of The Children's Heart Institute.

Learn how to achieve nutritional balance, how we measure energy content in food, learn about cholesterol, and more.

Pressures and the Heart
Learn about pressures created by the heart: what they are, how the heart pushes blood through the body, and how doctors use heart pressures to diagnose heart problems.

Williams Syndrome
Learn what facial features, cardiac conditions, and genetic concerns identify this condition.


Take a Guided Tour
Not sure where to start?
Take one of our guided tours.