Care for Heart Conditions
Heart problems can affect young children, adolescents, or
the baby in the womb. If there are concerns about your child’s heart health,
your pediatrician may recommend a cardiologist, a specialist in the detection
and treatment of heart disease in children. The pediatric cardiologists at
University of Iowa Children’s Hospital are dedicated to providing
compassionate, state-of-the-art and convenient delivery of care to children and
The pediatric cardiology division offers complete clinical
services for the diagnosis and treatment of congenital and acquired heart
disease in babies, children and young adults.
Board-certified specialists offer the complete range of evaluation and management to the following disorders:
- Congenital heart disease in children and adults
- Fetal heart disease
- Acquired heart disease (such as cardiomyopathies, Kawasaki disease, etc.)
- Cardiac arrhythmias
- Adolescent cardiology
- Blood lipid disorders
- Comprehensive assessment of murmurs
- Evaluation and management of:
- chest pain
- cyanotic newborn
Diagnostic services include:
- Electrocardiograph (ECG) interpretation
- Arrhythmia evaluation and management
- Diagnostic cardiac catheterization
- Interventional catheterization
- Radiofrequency ablation of arrhythmias
- Pacemaker management
- Surgical management of congenital heart lesions
- Cardiac transplantation
- Evaluation and management of families with a history of premature coronary heart disease
- Cardiac MRI
- Exercise testing
- Fetal echocardiography
UI Children’s Hospital also offers consultations and
follow-up appointments with a pediatric cardiologist in other Iowa communities.
Heart Friends Support Group
Families whose child has heart disease can meet
other families through the Heart Friends Support Group. In addition
to support, the group holds informative meetings and seeks to raise public
awareness of congenital heart conditions.
Interested parents and families whose children
are cared for at University of Iowa Children's Hospital are encouraged to join.
We believe parents and family members know their children
best. At UI Children’s Hospital you are an equal partner on the pediatric
health care team. We listen to you and your child so that we can work together
to improve your child’s health and well-being.
"She just wants to be a normal kid."
Krystal has been in and out of the hospital her entire life, and has been hospitalized since September 2012 waiting for a heart transplant.Read more about Krystal’s story.
"They literally saved Ellie's life."
Before birth, a routine ultrasound showed something was wrong with Ellie's heart. By age five, she had three major surgeries and nine catheterizations.Read more about Ellie.
Maggie's Story: Patient to Nurse
Growing up, Maggie was no stranger to the children's hospital. She now works in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, delivering the same excellent level of patient-centered care that she had once received herself.Read more about Maggie's story
Minimally Invasive Surgery Puts Teen Back in the Game
Rebecca was among the first to receive a Melody Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, the only site in Iowa to offer this minimally invasive option. Read more about Rebecca's story.
Ty's Story: Conquering a Congenital Heart Defect
Ty's mother knew something was wrong. A few days later, Ty underwent his first surgery. Read more about Ty's story.
Former UI Children's Hospital Patient Gives Back
Abby's participation in the Iowa Ladies Football Academy not only benefitted the children's hospital — it brought back memories of her own serious heart condition. Read more about Abby's story.
Surgeries Fix Heart Defect
Brock was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome is severely underdeveloped. Read more about Brock's.
”I’m in good hands, don’t worry about me.”
Will underwent his first open-heart surgery when he was two, but now swims and runs track. Read more about Will’s story.
“They saved her life.”
She was a very sick baby and her parents were terrified, but Shelby was a little girl with a big heart.Read more about her story.