Loyola University Health System is a national leader in cardiovascular medicine, including the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric and congenital cardiovascular disease. Our cardiovascular specialists include cardiologists, congenital heart surgeons, cardiology nurse specialists and technical staff who are specially trained to care for infants, children and adolescents with suspected or proven cardiovascular disease. We also have multidisciplinary teams of cardiovascular specialists who work with other specialists to organize optimal care for expectant mothers whose fetus may have a heart problem, and for adolescents with congenital heart disease who are transitioning care into our Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic.
General Pediatric Cardiology Clinic
Evaluation and management of infants and children with suspected or proven cardiovascular disease, including:
- Common concerns such as heart murmurs, chest pain, fainting, palpitations, elevated blood pressure, and elevated blood lipid levels.
- Structural / congenital heart disease.
- Genetic diseases at risk for associated cardiovascular problems (e.g., Marfan syndrome, Down syndrome, Turner syndrome, Williams syndrome, 22q deletion syndrome, and many others).
Pediatric Heart Rhythm Disorders Clinic
Advanced evaluation and management of abnormal heart rhythms or symptoms suspicious for arrhythmia, including:
- Ambulatory ECG (Holter and patient-activated ECG event monitors).
- Signal-averaged ECG.
- External cardiac ambulatory telemetry.
- Transesophageal and intracardiac electrophysiology testing.
- Catheter-directed radiofrequency and cryothermic ablation for atrial and ventricular arrhythmias.
- Pacemaker implantation and follow-up.
- Genetic testing for hereditary arrhythmia syndromes (e.g., long QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome).
Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic
- Outpatient care of adolescents and adults who have grown up with congenital heart disease.
- Surgical consultation.
Fetal Cardiology Clinic
Multidisciplinary care of the expectant mother whose fetus may have a heart problem, including:
- Fetal echocardiography to diagnosis congenital heart disease and/or cardiac dysfunction.
- Fetal arrhythmia evaluation and treatment.
- Fetal diagnosis of hereditary cardiovascular disease.
Multi-modality Noninvasive Cardiovascular Laboratory
Designed to provide optimal noninvasive imaging and functional assessments across the entire spectrum of pediatric and congenital cardiovascular disease, this service incorporates cardiologists and technical staff with special training and expertise in:
- Echocardiography (including transthoracic and transesophageal studies, stress echocardiography, 3D echocardiography).
- Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
- Cardiac computed tomography.
- Cardiopulmonary exercise testing.