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SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital

Passeig Sant Joan de Déu, 2, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat

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Congenital Cardiopathy Centre Barcelona

Congenital Cardiopathy Centre Barcelona

A partnership between the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital and Hospital Clinic Barcelona dedicated to comprehensive care for congenital heart diseases.

This body centralises, coordinates and carries out preventative, diagnostic and therapeutic activities across several life stages (prenatal, pediatric and adult) for patients with congenital heart diseases. 

The reality of congenital heart diseases in Catalonia

Malformations of the heart and great vessels are among the most common birth malformations. Each year, 600 babies are born in Catalonia with a congenital cardiopathy, and 25-30% of which have a severe form of the disease. A third of newborns need surgical intervention during their first year of life.

With regard to adult patients, around 10,000 have a congenital heart problem, with a survival rate of 85-90%.

Congenital Cardiopathy Centre Barcelona Objectives

Provide the best, most efficient care to our patients with congenital cardiopathies, at all stages of life.
Promote preventative actions, care and training on a multidisciplinary level, and coordinate with other caregiving staff.
Educate new generations of professionals, collaborating on the creation of new knowledge and leading innovation

Specialisms and services

Diseases we treat

Congenital cardiopathies are a very diverse group of disorders that impact the normal development of the heart and the great thoracic vessels. Each of these malformations can also manifest at varying severities, with patients often presenting with several associated disorders at the same time.

Some of the most frequent include:

Ventricular septal defect
Atrial septal defect
Complete atrioventricular canal defect
Patent ductus arteriosus
Aortic coarctation
Interrupted aortic arch
Tetralogy of Fallot
Aortic stenosis
Coronary artery anomalies
Pulmonary stenosis
Vascular rings
Double-outlet right ventricle
Transposition of the great arteries
Ebstein anomaly
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
Pulmonary atresia
Single ventricle defect
Total or partial anomalous pulmonary venous return
Tricuspid atresia
Truncus Arteriosus
Cor Triatriatum
Aortopulmonary window

Treatments we offer

Congenital cardiac malformation surgery
Minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery
Heart, heart-kidney and heart-liver transplant in adults
Ventricular and circulatory assist systems
Diagnostic cardiac catheterisation and fetal, pediatric and adult therapy
Percutaneous-approach valve implant
Pacemaker and defibrillator implant
Pediatric and adult cardiac arrhythmia ablation
Fetal cardiology
Cardiac intensive care


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Raquel Luna López
Alejandro Fernández Cisneros, cirujano cardiovascular pediátrico, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona
Alejandro Fernández Cisneros
Cirujano cardiovascular pediátrico

Team at Hospital Clinic Barcelona

Sílvia Montserrat Ortego
Elena Sandoval Martínez
Susanna Prat González
Ander Regueiro Cueva
Xavier Freixa Rofastes
Ivo Roca Luque
Ana García Álvarez
Marta Farrero Torres


Research activity at the Congenital Cardiopathy Centre Barcelona is done by the Enfermedades cardiovasculares en el desarrollo [Childhood cardiovascular diseases] group at the SJD Research Institute.

Three lines of research are being followed at present: 

  1. The impact of congenital cardiopathies on neurodevelopment from in-utero to adulthood:  This work seeks to identify brain damage mechanisms in cardiopathy patients who undergo heart surgery, to help diagnose poor prognosis predictors.
  2. Investigation into pediatric arrhythmia and sudden death:  Categorising sudden death risk by studying sudden death molecular markers and developing new, non-invasive diagnostic strategies.
  3. Cardiac function and advanced monitoring, computational analysis and imaging techniques: Developing computer models and new imaging techniques to study cardiac function and the development of new monitoring systems.


The centre is involved in educating new healthcare professionals, including students on placement from the School of Medicine and School of Nursing at the University of Barcelona, as well as specialised MIR residencies in pediatrics, cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, anesthesiology and other specialisms. 

Plus, the centre also organises the Master’s in Pediatric Cardiology and the Master’s in Pediatric Heart Surgery.

The centre organises and takes part in various Master’s programmes, training days, and many other kinds of educational initiatives. 

Patient stories

“We’ve stopped fearing for our son’s life thanks to the a heart surgery”