The Pediatric Heart Program is one of the outstanding clinical programs that you expect from University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and American Family Children' s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. Our programs include:
- Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program
Medical advances have created a large and growing population of adults who were diagnosed with congenital conditions as children and now require specialized cardiac care as adults. Our clinic is staffed with three Adult Congenital Heart Disease specialists and one dedicated nurse. They work closely with a team of experts who are specially trained in the complex anatomy and heart function of adults with congenital heart disease. This team includes specialists in anesthesiology, cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology, genetics and a transition program coordinator.
- Cardiac Catheterization
- Connective Tissue Disorder Clinic
UW Health's Connective Tissue Disorder Clinic diagnoses and coordinates care for people affected with genetic or inherited forms of connective tissue disease, including Ehlers-Danlos syndromes, Thoracic aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection, Marfan syndrome or Loeys-Dietz syndrome. Cardiology assessment, including cardiovascular imaging, is often recommended. Evaluation by a geneticist or genetic counselor is appropriate if there are clinical features or family history that indicate the need for a diagnostic assessment. Other subspecialties involved in UW Health's Connective Tissue Disorder Clinic include physical medicine and rehabilitation, gastroenterology, ophthalmology and others as needed. Our team of experts collaborate to provide care tailored to meet each person's individual needs.
- Electrophysiology (EP)/Pacing
- Exercise Physiology
Exercise tests are an important part of the evaluation and monitoring of some children with heart conditions. Our exercise physiologists are specially trained to work with children.
Watch a short video about the Exercise Stress Test
- Fetal Echocardiography (Prenatal diagnosis of heart defects)
In some children with heart conditions, there can be a genetic component. These children are followed in the Pediatric Genetics and Metabolism Clinic.
- Inherited Arrhythmias
- Interdisciplinary Muscle Clinic
Pediatric Cardiology is a part of the Pediatric Neuromuscular Clinic. Shardha Srinivasan, MD, and Erin Marriott, APNP, evaluate and treat children with neuromuscular disorders that can have an impact on the heart, such as in Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Becker muscular dystrophy, limb girdle muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy. They work closely with the cardiac MRI team when further imaging of the heart is needed beyond an echocardiogram. They are one part of the team that cares for these children and families. Muscular Dystrophy and the Heart
- Neurodevelopment/Brain Care Clinic
We know that some children who have had heart surgery as babies can have developmental concerns. All babies who have heart surgery at AFCH are enrolled in a neurological developmental clinic to carefully monitor their development and provide intervention, if needed.
- Pediatric Syncope/Dysautonomia Clinic (Pediatric Dizziness, Fainting, POTS Clinic)
- Pediatric Metabolic Syndrome Clinic
- Pediatric Preventive Cardiology Clinic (PPCC)
- Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic
The pulmonary hypertension clinic evaluates and treats infants, children and adolescents with pulmonary artery hypertension, or elevated blood pressure in the lungs. Luke Lamers, MD, and Jenna Torgeson, NP, work closely with Pulmonary and Critical Care in the evaluation and management of this complex disease process.
- Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome Clinic (WPW)