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Cardiology and Heart Surgery

In the Heart Area we have the best experts to treat all manner of cardiac illnesses.

The Heart Area comprises the different departments which provide services to patients with diseases: the Cardiology Department and the Heart Surgery Department.

Our professionals diagnose and treat babies, children and adolescents who present with congenital structural heart defects, arrhythmias and cardiac electric conduction disorders, and congenital or acquired heart pathologies from the fetal stage to adulthood.

We strive to offer the patient the best possible treatment with the standards of the best hospitals in the world. We are one of the areas with the lowest surgical mortality rates in Europe, as well as a very low re-operation rate. 


We perform congenital heart defect surgery on newborns, infants and adolescents. Heart defects are diagnosed and treated early with minimal hospitalisation so that the child's life can go back to normal as soon as possible. 

Currently, our outcomes are better than the European average (European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Registry) and equivalent to leading centres worldwide such as Boston Children's Hospital. The survival rate for our cardiac surgery patients is 98.8%.

Heart surgery on congenital malformations

We treat congenital heart diseases and other less frequent heart diseases as soon as possible to prevent serious consequences in the child.

It is not covered by public health

Fetal and pediatric cardiac catheterisation

The scant invasiveness of therapeutic catheterisation allows patients to go home on the day of the intervention, or the following day.

Ablation for childhood cardiac arrhythmias

The SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital Arrhyrthmias Unit is the reference centre for the treatment of childhood arrhythmia treatment in Spain (CSUR).

Fetal cardiology

Beside obstetricians specializing in fetal medicine and neonatologists from BCNatal, we offer a global approach as a Unit that includes the control of pregnancy, a cross-sectional approach to heart disease and postpartum follow-up and control.

Pediatric Intensive Care

Specialists in pediatric and neonatal intensive care work so dedicated in managing patients with cardiovascular disease.

We are one of the units with the lowest surgical mortality in Europe and a low incidence of repeat interventions, treating more than 8,000 children with heart disorders each year. In addition, our inpatients spend 7-8 days recovering after a surgery, half the time of other Spanish pediatric hospitals.

Our outcomes

We see more than
children with heart disorders
We perform more than
successful surgeries every year
Our survival rate after surgery is higher than

Less than 1% of our patients need to undergo further surgery in the immediate postoperative period due to complications.

At the forefront of knowledge

The Heart Area has its own research group with three main fields of interest: arrhythmias and sudden death, the impact of congenital heart disease on the neurodevelopment of babies, and the cardiological impact of systemic diseases.


Fede's family has stopped fearing for his son's life thanks to surgery and remote patient-tracking systems.
Georgia Sarquella Brugada, SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital's cardiologist
Our great challenge is to cure patients with heart disease and ensure a good quality of life in adulthood.
Joan Sánchez de Toledo, Head of the Pediatric Cardiology Service at the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital
In our country we don’t have the experts or technology to deal adequately with cases like my daughter’s and we were about to give up. Now, it's the first time her face looks pinky.
Lorena, mother of Alejandra, a patient from El Salvador