Pediatric Cardiology

It’s only natural to feel frightened or overwhelmed if you learn your child has a heart problem. You’re probably asking yourself, what do I do now? Our Banner Children’s pediatric cardiologists are right here with answers. We’re ready to deliver the most expert and compassionate care to your child, working closely with you and your primary care physician to address treatment options and help alleviate your anxiety.

What Is Pediatric Cardiology?

Pediatric cardiology focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of children with heart conditions. Pediatric cardiologists work with patients from before birth, through childhood and into adulthood.

What Types of Pediatric Cardiology Services Does Banner Provide?

Banner Children’s dedicated and compassionate pediatric cardiology team is made up of cardiologists, surgeons, specialized nurses and respiratory therapists. Our services include:

  • Cardiovascular and thoracic surgery
  • Fetal cardiology
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Electrophysiology
  • Advanced cardiac imaging
  • Cardiovascular intensive care
  • Neonatal intensive care

What Types of Pediatric Heart Problems Does Banner Specialize In?

Our pediatric heart care team diagnosis and treats all kinds of heart problems in newborns, infants, children and young adults, including:

Fetal Heart Defects

As more heart defects can be diagnosed before birth, the importance of comprehensive fetal cardiac care has become even more apparent. Banner offers diagnosis and management of fetal cardiac defects and fetal cardiac rhythm disturbances. Early detection of these congenital heart conditions in unborn children allows for appropriate evaluation and timely care.

A plan of care is made after the diagnosis of the baby’s cardiac disorder in collaboration with the referring physician. Expectant mothers will meet members of the fetal heart team prior to the delivery of her baby to ensure the appropriate care is taken after birth.

Electrophysiology

Pediatric Cardiac Electrophysiology is an area of pediatric cardiac care that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) in children.

Pediatric cardiac arrhythmia treatment depends on the severity of the condition. In some cases, catheter ablation is performed. Catheter ablation involves inserting a catheter into an artery or vein, usually through the groin, and guiding into the heart and major vessels. Energy is sent through the tube to find and destroy small areas of heart tissue where abnormal heartbeats can cause certain arrhythmias in children.

Cardiac Catheter Interventions

Cardiac catheter interventions use specialized catheters to help cardiologists perform actual treatments in order to avoid heart surgeries. Specialized catheters can inflate to open up narrowed valves or arteries as well as deploy devices to close extra vessels or certain “holes” in the heart.

Other Cardiac Conditions

In addition to the mentioned pediatric cardiology problems, Banner can also treat several other cardiology conditions your child may encounter, including:

  • Abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia)
  • Aortic stenosis
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial septal defect
  • Atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD or AV Canal)
  • Bacterial endocarditis
  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Double outlet right ventricle
  • Ebstein anomaly
  • Heterotaxy syndromes (polysplenia and asplenia)
  • Hypercholesterolemia/Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Hypoplastic right heart syndrome
  • Interrupted aortic arch
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Mitral stenosis
  • Mitral insufficiency or mitral regurgitation
  • Partial anomalous pulmonary venous return
  • Patent ductus arteriosus
  • Pulmonary atresia
  • Pulmonary stenosis
  • Restrictive cardiomyopathy
  • Rheumatic heart disease
  • Single ventricle
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Total anomalous pulmonary venous return
  • Transposition of the great arteries
  • Tricuspid atresia
  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Ventricular septal defect

Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Depending on your child’s condition, they may need pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. Cardiothoracic surgery offers the special care needed to fix both congenital and acquired heart problems in children of all ages.

Pediatric cardiothoracic surgery can help with:

  • Correcting congenital or acquired heart defects
  • Correcting conditions such as valve problems, holes between the chambers of the heart and abnormal blood vessels
  • Repairing an injury to the heart

No matter what kind of heart problem your child has, the world-renowned staff at Banner Children’s is dedicated to providing every child with expert-level care during their treatments.