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General Pediatric Outpatient Cardiology

If your child is experiencing symptoms such as shortness of breath, fainting, chest pain, or rapid or irregular heartbeat, you will most likely be referred to a pediatric cardiologist. Through an exam and tests, your child’s cardiologist will help determine the cause of the symptoms and, if needed, develop a treatment plan. Whether your child needs regular monitoring, medication, or surgical treatment, you’ll want to be in the best possible place for pediatric heart care.

Columbia’s pediatric cardiologists treat thousands of infants, children, and adolescents with heart issues every year, providing individualized, compassionate care for every child with heart issues, from the most benign to the most complex.

Superior Outcomes

Our pediatric cardiologists are affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, consistently ranked as a national leader in cardiology. We work closely with the cardiovascular surgery team, which offers the highest quality of surgical care available in the world, with the best possible outcomes for our patients. Each year we perform:

  • 13,000 or more echocardiograms 
  • 1,200 or more cardiac catheterizations  
  • 700 or more cardiac surgeries

Conditions We Treat

Our cardiologists provide care for a wide range of heart conditions and diseases that affect infants, children, adolescents, and young adults, including:

  • Congenital heart anomalies
  • Acquired heart disease
  • Arrhythmias
  • Heart murmur
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Chest pain
  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Marfan syndrome

What to Expect From Your Appointment

Your first appointment with a Columbia pediatric cardiologist will begin with a full exam and medical history, and we will most likely conduct some tests that will help us determine the cause of your child’s symptoms. Initial tests are non-invasive and painless and are performed and analyzed by a team of experts with deep experience in the diagnosis of cardiac diseases. Tests may include:

  • Echocardiogram: Echocardiograms use sound waves to make pictures of the heart.
  • Electrocardiogram: A non-invasive test that measures electrical activity in the heart over a short period of time.
  • Holter monitor: Asmall device worn by your child for 24 hours or longer, which can record your child's heartbeat over a long period of time.
  • Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring: A non-invasive, 24-hour blood pressure test.
  • Exercise stress testing: A test that shows how your child’s heart performs during exercise.

Your appointment may take some time, so that we can be sure to get all the information we need for an accurate diagnosis. You will also meet some of our nurses, staff, sonographers, and other technicians who are all dedicated to making sure your child is comfortable during his or her time with us.

We may refer you for more advanced imaging tests, including cardiac CT, cardiac MRI, and, when we need information that cannot be obtained from imaging alone, a minimally invasive test called cardiac catheterization.

Specialized Programs

Depending on your child’s diagnosis, we may connect you to one of our programs that provides specialized care for specific heart issues. 

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Our physicians are double-board-certified in pediatrics and cardiology.  We are dedicated to providing the best care for our patients in a caring, compassionate setting. 

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Our cardiologists see patients at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, and at several outpatient locations in Westchester (White Plains), New Jersey, Connecticut, and Manhattan.

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