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Pediatric Heart and Valve

MU Children's Hospital Cardiology Center offers the only pediatric cardiology group in mid-Missouri. Our physicians' combined skills and knowledge allow for the accurate detection of conditions and state-of-the-art medical treatment for both congenital and acquired cardiovascular defects and diseases in the fetus, neonate, infants and children. Together, our pediatric cardiologists work collaboratively with a team of pediatric specialists to deliver the highest quality care at MU Children's Hospital.

Common Cardiac Conditions

Congenital heart disease is an abnormal development of a baby's heart sometime during pregnancy. This type of heart disease is usually diagnosed before the baby is born or just after delivery. A maternal-fetal medicine specialist can often detect the presence of cardiac complications in a fetus with the use of ultrasound images. If the early ultrasound images of a developing heart show questionable findings, a pediatric cardiologist can follow-up with an echocardiogram, even in utero. A fetal echocardiogram can provide information to help evaluate the structure, function, and arrhythmia of the fetal heart. That same test, an echocardiogram, can be used just after a baby is delivered if a suspected heart problem was not previously diagnosed.

Acquired heart disease is varied and can develop at any age in life. The most common heart diseases seen in children in the United States include hypertension, heart damage due to infections or viruses, abnormal heart rhythms or endocarditis or inflammation of the heart lining.

Common Reasons for Referrals to a Pediatric Cardiologist

  • Chest pain
  • Fainting
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Heart palpitations
  • Heart murmur

Family-Centered Medicine

When a child is diagnosed with a heart problem, it can be an incredibly scary time for the whole family. That's one of the reasons why we strive to provide care that is not only comprehensive but also compassionate and sensitive. 

We also work hard to streamline our services to make things easier for families including:

  • Same day access to consults and referrals
  • Same day access to diagnostic testing
  • One access point for patient examination and diagnostic testing
  • Same day/next day feedback to referring physicians by phone, email, FAX or letter

Leading-Edge Diagnostic and Treatment Techniques

  • Electrocardiographs
  • Echocardiographs
  • Color flow Doppler
  • Holter monitors
  • Exercise treadmill
  • Pulse oximete

Our Team Approach

We realize pediatric cardiology is an interdisciplinary effort combining the skills and knowledge of a wide array of specialists specifically trained to take care of children. Therefore, we manage each patient's individual health care needs with a pediatric team of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, pediatricians, specialized nurses, cardiographers, researchers, child life therapists, social workers and more. Together, this collection of seasoned experts provides the highest quality care for patients with a wide array of cardiovascular complications.

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