The Heart Center for Children provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of fetuses, infants, children, adolescents and young adults with congenital or acquired heart disease and a variety of other cardiac conditions at St. Christopher’s Hospital and a network of specialty care centers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Older patients with congenital heart disease are followed and managed collaboratively with adult cardiologists. The Section of Cardiology and the Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery work collaboratively with other interdisciplinary teams to provide individualized care for children with cardiac conditions.
Outpatient cardiology services are provided with the support of a multidisciplinary team of nurse practitioners, nurses, medical assistants, registrars, the practice coordinator, social worker and the receptionist. The Heart Center performs diagnostic consultations and follow-up care for children with heart disease and other cardiovascular concerns. Diagnostic services are provided for patients with cardiac dysrhythmias, congenital cardiovascular malformations, acquired heart disease, hyperlipidemia and systemic hypertension. Some of the major conditions our cardiologists are equipped to diagnose and manage include:
Specialty clinics provide focused services for fetal echocardiography and for patients with implantable devices including pacemakers, defibrillators and loop monitors. Based on clinical need and following examination, patients are referred for non-invasive diagnostic services such as an electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiogram, exercise stress test, Holter monitor or a tilt test. In some cases more invasive procedures such as cardiac catheterization or cardiac surgery are recommended.
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia has highly qualified experts who are specially trained to work with the individual and unique needs of infants and pediatric patients.