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Medical management of heart failure in children can take many forms.
An enlarged heart (cardiomegaly) may not pump blood effectively and can lead to congestive heart failure. Although the heart may improve over time, most children with an enlarged heart need lifelong treatment with medicine.
Managing heart failure includes proper diet and exercise, along with medicine.
Doctors often suggest changes to your child's diet, such as:
For infants whose heart failure impairs normal feeding, doctors may insert stomach tubes to assure the baby gets enough nutrition.
Doctors make exercise suggestions based on your child's level of symptoms and physical abilities to help promote circulation.
Contact the Heart Failure Program at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh at 412-692-5540 to learn more about our treatments. We also offer consults and second opinions.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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