Cardiology (Heart Care)

tiny cardiology patient with breathing tubes

Most children with a heart condition are born with a congenital heart defect (when their heart didn’t develop normally or completely in the early weeks of pregnancy). So the sooner kids can get diagnosed and treated, if needed, the better.
When little hearts need help and families need hope, Nemours’ experienced, caring pediatric cardiology teams are there.

 
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No matter what kind of heart problem your child has or where you live, our teams of pediatric cardiology experts use the latest, most advanced technologies to diagnose and treat children of all ages with all kinds of pediatric heart disease, from the mild to the extremely complex. We specialize in early detection and repair, so that your child will have the best possible chance for a healthy future.

Nemours’ pediatric cardiology specialists are convinced that virtually all forms of childhood heart disease, even the most unusual and complicated, can be treated. We work together with everyone involved in your child’s health, whether it’s members of our own pediatric cardiology team, other Nemours specialists, your primary care physician or pediatrician, or other health care providers. We make sure everyone’s on the same page so that your child can get the most efficient and highest quality care.

We also believe in a strong partnership with the families we see. Our team might know your child’s heart, but only you know your child best. We want you to be an active participant in the decision-making process. That’s why we take the time to: explain the diagnosis and treatment in understandable terms, present all of the options, and invite your family’s input for creating the right treatment plan for your child.

No matter what kind of heart problem your child might have, we’re here to offer comprehensive, compassionate pediatric cardiology care and to partner with your family, guiding you every step of the way.

Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Lakeland

Lakeland Regional Health Center,
Grasslands Campus
3030 Harden Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33803
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For Appointments: (407) 650-7715
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For Appointments: (407) 650-7715

 
What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child

The pediatric cardiology team of fellowship-trained, board-certified experts from Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando come to Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Lakeland to evaluate, manage and treat all kinds of pediatric cardiac conditions — from the mild to the complex.

At Nemours, we understand the unique needs of children and the concerns of parents. We take the time to answer all your questions, and to provide compassionate care for your child. It’s our goal to diagnose heart conditions as early as possible so we can develop a plan and begin treatment.

Pediatric Cardiology Expertise From Nemours Closer to Home

Located at the Lakeland Regional Health Center building, Nemours pediatric cardiology teams offer Polk County families quality care for kids with congenital (present at birth) and acquired (occurs over time) heart disease. You can trust we’ll do everything in our power to ensure your child has the best chance for a healthy and happy life, today and tomorrow.

Some of the pediatric cardiology services we offer in Lakeland include:
  • noninvasive diagnostic testing and imaging
  • fetal cardiac evaluations (for expectant moms)
  • cardiac rehabilitation (ongoing care/support for kids with heart conditions)
  • sports physicals (focusing on heart health)
 
Pediatric Cardiology Conditions We Treat

At Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Lakeland, our Nemours pediatric cardiology experts evaluate and treat children of all ages, from newborns to teens, with the following symptoms and conditions:

  • arrhythmias and conduction abnormalities
  • cardiomyopathy (abnormal heart muscle)
  • chest pain
  • congenital heart disease
  • connective tissue disease
  • cyanosis (blue coloration)
  • dysautonomia (autonomic nervous system abnormalities)
  • fast heartbeat
  • heart murmur
  • myocarditis (Kawasaki disease and other causes)
  • palpitations (irregular heartbeat)
  • postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)
  • syncope (fainting)
 
Tests and Diagnostic Services Available in Lakeland

We offer several types of on-site cardiac imaging and diagnostic testing in a kid-friendly atmosphere, including:

  • transthoracic echocardiography (also called an “echo” or an “ultrasound of the heart” to check the heart’s structure and blood circulation)
  • fetal echocardiography (in-depth study of a baby’s heart while still in the womb)
  • electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG, measures to measure the heart’s electrical activity)
  • Holter monitoring (portable EKG that monitors heart activity for 24 hours)
  • cardiac event recording (portable continuous heart monitoring over several weeks)
 
Additional Pediatric Cardiology Tests at Nemours in Central Florida

If needed, our pediatric cardiology team provides more comprehensive services at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, which is part of the Nemours Cardiac Center. Additional tests may include:

  • cardiopulmonary exercise assessment (also known as a stress test, or exercise test)
  • cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, to view the heart and major blood vessels)
  • cardiac computed tomography (CT, a 3-D image of the heart)
  • tilt-table test (and other autonomic testing for fainting, dizziness, black-outs)

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Fetal Cardiac Evaluations

If you’re pregnant and your doctor suspects your baby may have a possible heart problem, we offer fetal diagnostic cardiology services and consultations for expectant parents. As early as the 18th week of the pregnancy, we can perform fetal echocardiography (fetal “echo”) — an in-depth cardiac ultrasound study that allows us to view the structure, function and rhythm of your baby’s heart while still in the womb.

If we detect a problem, we’ll help you understand your baby’s condition, coordinate consultations with one of our pediatric cardiologists and plan for any necessary treatment at, or soon after, the birth.

Sports Physicals: Focusing on Heart Health

Sports are a great way for to kids to maintain health and physical fitness, but overexertion can stress the heart and worsen an undetected heart condition. At Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Lakeland, our trained pediatric cardiology specialists provide comprehensive heart evaluations for athletes before they hit the track, field or court — helping to ensure safe game play.

 
Sports Evaluations: What to Expect

Our pediatric sports evaluations generally include:

  • a thorough medical review
  • complete cardiovascular physical exam
  • electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)

Depending on your child’s symptoms or condition, your pediatric cardiologist may also order cardiovascular imaging (echocardiogram, MRI, CT, etc.), cardiac event monitoring or lab tests.


Family-Centered Care at Nemours

No matter what your child’s condition, we recognize the importance of the family in the care and healing process. Because many of the children we see have chronic (long-term) illnesses that require repeated visits, we are committed to building strong relationships with families. We’re also committed to teaching our patients and their families about their condition and how best to manage it. Through education, we can help improve your child’s quality of life.

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