St. Vincent Children’s Heart Center
At the St.Vincent Children’s Heart Center and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital we diagnose and treat all types of congenital heart problems, including rare and complex conditions including:
- Bicuspid aortic valve
- Marfan Syndrome
- Valve conditions
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
- Single ventricle heart defect
When your family meets with one of our Pediatric Cardiologists, this heart doctor will be your “attending physician,” managing and coordinating care. The Pediatric Cardiologist works with a team of Pediatric Hospitalists, ICU physicians (intensivist) and NICU physicians (neonatologists) to provide high quality care to your child.
Every patient has a personalized care plan, and in some cases, that means forming a multi-disciplinary care team that represents several medical specialties.
What is electrophysiology?
A Pediatric Electrophysiologist is a heart doctor who evaluates and treats arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythms, rapid or slow heart rates). In infants, children and teens, these heart conditions can create lightheadedness, weakness, fatigue, fainting, or the sense of a racing heartbeat or skipped heart beats.
At the Children’s Heart Center we provide complex electrophysiology (EP) services for children and young adults with suspected heart rhythm abnormalities. Many of these tests are non-invasive and painless and may include:
- Surface electrocardiograms (ECG)
- Ambulatory ECG (Holter monitor) and patient-activated cardiac event recorders
- Exercise testing
- Tilt table testing (for patients prone to fainting)
If advanced diagnostic testing is needed, our onsite biplane pediatric catheterization – hybrid operating room suite is designed to evaluate the heart’s electrical system and perform corrective measures if needed.
Intracardiac electrophysiology with radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure performed by the one of our Pediatric heart specialists. The arrhythmia can be eliminated using a specialized catheter that emits radiofrequency energy.
Cardiac pacemakers have been implanted in children of all ages. Today’s telemedicine technology enables our physicians and staff to monitor pacemaker function remotely.
For children and young adults with congenital heart disease, ventricular pacing has been used to improve heart function in patients with heart failure.
American Heart Association (AHA) resources
If your child has a heart condition, learn how to safely perform CPR on an infant, child or teen.
Heartsaver® Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Part One
The AHA Heartsaver® online course teaches parent and child care providers vital life-saving skills.
Healthy Kids is an AHA resource that offers heart healthy and family tips and education about childhood obesity, heart healthy diet guidance, and more…