Paediatric cardiology is a sub-specialty under Cardiology which deals with fetus, neonates, infants, and children with congenital and acquired heart defects and adults with congenital heart defects. This division caters to a large number of patients and provides diagnostic and therapeutic services them and referral to a surgical specialist when needed.
Paediatric Cardiology is concerned with diseases of the heart in the growing and developing the individual. As well as expertise in heart disease, Paediatric Cardiologists also need a thorough grounding in general pediatrics, in order to provide all-around patient care.
Paediatric Cardiologist is broadly treating congenital heart disease (present at birth), arrhythmias (variations in heartbeat rhythm) and disturbances of circulatory function.
Who is a Paediatric cardiologist
The pediatric cardiologist is a doctor who diagnose and treats children with the cardiac condition. They work with patient antenatally, through childhood and into adulthood.
FAQ on Pediatric Cardiologist
How long will the surgery take?
The amount of time in the operating room depending upon the child’s heart condition and type of surgery. Your surgeon will be able to answer this question. When the surgery is completed, your surgeon will meet with you. Parents are allowed to visit the child approximately one hour after the child’s arrival in the PICU.
Where do parents wait during the surgery?
There is a large waiting area in the Hospital, near the cardiac operating rooms. Parents, another family, and friends may wait there. Someone from the operating room will update you during the surgery.
How long will my child be in the hospital?
Every child is different and so is ever case. Every day your child is here, your doctor and will make it a priority to communicate with you about the child’s condition, progress and discharge will be given accordingly.
When will my child be able to eat?
It is very important that the child does not eat post midnight on the night before the surgery. Post surgery, depending on the case of your child we will recommend to start eating one day after their heart surgery.
When do we have to come back to the hospital?
Your child will be seen by the nurse practitioner or the surgeon for a wound check 1-2 weeks after being discharged from the hospital. You will also need to see the cardiologist in 1-2 weeks and continue to followup with him or her throughout the child’s life. It is also important that your regular pediatrician sees the child soon after surgery.