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Cardiology - Clinical Services


 

The Section of Cardiology functions within the auspices of Pediatric Heart Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado. The clinical service is designed to provide the highest quality of cardiac care in the most efficient fashion to the more than 11,000 children treated annually: 8,000 at Children's Colorado, 2,500 in community settings in the metropolitan area and 1,000 in the tri-state region.

The Cardiology Department of the Heart Institute has a large outreach program serving both metropolitan Denver and the entire Colorado-Wyoming region. The metro Denver satellites are located in Broomfield, Highlands Ranch, Parker and Wheat Ridge. Broomfield and Parker are open on a half-day basis each week. Highlands Ranch is open five days each week. Wheat Ridge is open multiple days each week. These local offices provided more than 2,500 outpatient visits a year. The regional sites in Basalt, Fort Collins, Glenwood Springs, Greeley, Leadville, and Frisco, Colorado, as well as Casper, Cheyenne, Lander, and Laramie, Wyoming, recorded over 1,000 patient visits last year.

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic – Specializes in diagnosis and treatment of adults with congenital heart disease with state-of-the-art equipment, including cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Arrhythmia Clinic – Treats children with cardiac arrhythmias using medications, radiofrequency ablation, pacemakers, cryoablation of arrhythmias, and advanced electro-anatomic mapping.

Cardiac Catheterization Lab/Interventional Cardiology – Offers a wide variety of procedures, including diagnostic catheterization, stent and coil placement, ballooning, radiofrequency ablation, device closure of ASD, VSD, and PDA and interventional palliation of hypoplastic left heart syndrome with PDA stent and internal flow-limiting devices.

Cardiac Intensive Care Unit The Children's Hospital Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) is a dedicated intensive care unit featuring expertise in the care of patients with all forms of congenital heart abnormalities and various acquired cardiovascular diseases. As the only pediatric CICU in the seven-state region, the CICU team provides state-of-the-art critical care services to neonates, children, and adults undergoing cardiac surgery, including heart transplantation, those undergoing cardiac catheter-based interventions, patients requiring short-term mechanical circulatory support and those requiring treatment of associated complex medical conditions. The CICU is staffed by full-time cardiologists who work in close collaboration with cardiovascular surgeons and dedicated nurses, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, and social work staff.

Cardiac Kids Parent Support Group – Cardiac Kids is a volunteer organization associated with The Children's Hospital Association of Volunteers. Founded by a group of families in the early 1990s, its purpose is to promote awareness about cardiac defects and disease, provide support by connecting families to each other, and to socialize at events outside the hospital setting.

Cardiac Transplantation – One of the nation's largest pediatric transplant programs, offers extensive pre-, peri- and post-transplant care to patients born with pediatric cardiac disease that is otherwise medically untreatable.

Cardiomyopathy Clinic – Through diagnostic testing, medication, and patient monitoring, specializes in the medical management of children diagnosed with cardiomyopathy.

Echocardiography/Cardiac Imaging – Offers state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, including 3-D echocardiography, MRI, and intracardiac echo (ICE) to diagnose pediatric heart disease. The echo lab performs about 10,000 echocardiograms per year.

Exercise Physiology Lab – Performs a variety of exercise tests, including ambulatory measurement of peak oxygen consumption and single breath cardiac output, aiding cardiologists in the treatment of cardiac disease.

Fetal Cardiology Clinic – Performs fetal echocardiograms on the unborn child, allowing doctors to make prenatal diagnoses used to develop effective treatment plans for the child born with pediatric heart disease.

Fontan Clinic – Multidisciplinary clinic aimed at long-term management of children following the Fontan procedure.

Lipid Clinic – Treats children with high cholesterol or children at high risk for high cholesterol. This clinic is part of the multidisciplinary Lifestyle Medicine Program designed to work with the family treating obese children through lifestyle changes in eating habits and exercise.

Hypertension Clinic – Specializes in diagnosis and treatment of children with hypertension. This clinic is part of the multidisciplinary Lifestyle Medicine Program designed to work with the family treating obese children through lifestyle changes in eating habits and exercise.

Marfan Syndrome Clinic – Specializes in diagnosis and treatment of children with Marfan syndrome.

Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic – Specializes in diagnosis and treatment of children with pulmonary hypertension using the latest medications and nitric oxide.

Single Ventricle Clinic – Specializes in interstage management of children with single ventricle physiology following the Norwood procedure.

Turner Syndrome Clinic – Multidisciplinary clinic dedicated to management of children with Turner syndrome.