Children with complex heart problems need specialized care. You can count on the pediatric cardiology team at Bronson Children’s Hospital to evaluate your child’s needs and develop an individualized care plan, specifically designed for infants through adolescence.
Identifying potential heart problems and coordinating care
If your child is referred to a pediatric cardiologist, that means there is a concern about your child’s heart that requires further assessment beyond what your family pediatrician can provide. When found early, cardiac problems can often be treated more effectively than if left unaddressed.
Common heart conditions that affect children
From conditions like heart murmurs to complex birth defects of the heart, you can find the care for your child's cardiology condition right here in southwest Michigan. Commonly treated conditions include:
If your child needs care for a condition not listed here, consult with one of our children's health providers.
Heart services and diagnostic tools
You will find a full range of services and treatments at Bronson Pediatric Cardiology to help us diagnose and care for your child:
- Computed tomography (CT) scan – scan that produces high quality images of soft tissue, blood vessels and bone
- Event monitor – device that you control to record your heart's electrical activity
- Holter monitor – portable device that records the rhythm of the heart continuously
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – uses radio waves to create images of inside your body
- Nutrition assessment and guidance – registered dieticians analyze regular eating habits and provide nutrition counseling to ensure your child’s heart is receiving the best nutrients
- Stress tests – tests that temporarily make your heart beat faster and harder in order to help diagnose the presence and severity of heart problems
- Tilt table test – test that is used to assess the nervous system
- Transesophageal echocardiogram – test that takes “moving pictures” of the heart with sound waves
Making sure your child’s needs are being met
You can take comfort knowing our experts will guide you and your child through treatment options and develop a plan to get your child on the best track of care. After your child’s condition has been evaluated, a doctor will meet with you and your child to talk about a diagnosis. Our team will also follow up with your child's family doctor to share the results of the visit.