The Cardiology Department of The Heart Center at Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of children and adults with a full range of cardiovascular conditions, from clinic consultations for innocent heart murmurs to intensive care of critically ill patients with complex congenital heart disease.
In addition to the services provided at Children’s Hospital, the cardiologists travel to off-site clinics in Covington, Metairie, Marrero, Denham Springs, Houma and Thibodaux. They also provide expert interpretations of echocardiograms and electrocardiograms (EKGs) from a number of referral centers around the state and provide telemedicine consultations for patients in remote locations.
Through The Heart Center’s partnership with LSU Health New Orleans, Children’s Hospital has the only pediatric cardiology fellowship training program in Louisiana. This provides interested general pediatricians the specialized training needed to become successful pediatric cardiologists. In addition, LSU Health medical students and residents receive training in the diagnosis and management of heart disease in children.
The Children’s Hospital Department of Cardiology is proud to provide the following services to its patients:
Advanced, invasive diagnostic and interventional procedures are performed in a specialized digital biplane Cardiovascular Catheterization Laboratory. The two pediatric and congenital interventional cardiologists provide expertise in a wide range of diagnostic and interventional procedures, including transcatheter (Melody) valve placement, radiofrequency septal or valve perforations, atrial septal device closures, vessel stenting and coil occlusion, atrial septostomies, and balloon valvuloplasty and angioplasty. They also work collaboratively with our surgeons to provide “hybrid” procedures when clinically indicated.
The Heart Center has an electrophysiologist that provides comprehensive diagnostic and interventional procedures for patients with heart rhythm abnormalities, including Holter and event monitoring, implantable loop recorders, exercise stress testing, implantation and monitoring of pacemakers and defibrillators (AICDs), as well as electrophysiology studies and ablation procedures. The center also provides an in-depth evaluation of patients with a family history of sudden cardiac death or familial dysrhythmias.
The echocardiography lab is complete with the latest 3-D imaging and advanced technology. More than 5,500 echocardiograms are performed each year at Children’s Hospital, both on hospitalized patients as well as outpatients. This includes fetal echocardiography, 3D echocardiography and transesophageal imaging. Children’s Hospital also provides diagnostic imaging through our Radiology Division, including cardiac MRI and CT angiography.
MATERNAL-FETAL (PERINATAL) CARDIOLOGY
The growing Fetal Cardiology Clinic provides expert anatomic and functional assessments of the tiniest of hearts – particularly the fetuses of new mothers with family or personal histories of cardiac defects, rhythm disturbances or other abnormal findings detected by their obstetrician. Detailed consultations help diagnose cardiac abnormalities in utero, and if necessary, prepare the family, the obstetric providers, and The Heart Center team with a delivery and transport plan, hospital tour, information about the baby’s cardiac diagnosis, and a meeting with the cardiac surgeons, when necessary. The fetal cardiologists work closely with the perinatologists, neonatologists and congenital heart surgeons to provide the highest level of care for babies with a cardiac abnormality during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and in the neonatal period.
ADULT CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE
The Heart Center provides comprehensive and specialized multidisciplinary care for adults with congenital heart disease. The Heart Center at Children’s Hospital is committed to seeing adult patients in clinic and to providing appropriate surgical and interventional procedures as needed throughout their lives.
COMMON CONDITIONS TREATED IN THE HEART CENTER:
- Heart murmurs
- Syncope (fainting)
- Chest pain
- Palpitations or irregular heart rhythms
- Heart failure and cardiomyopathies
- Congenital heart defects
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol