Cardiology (Heart Care)

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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, Melbourne
Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Melbourne

1270 N. Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32935
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  • 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
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Our pediatric cardiology team of fellowship-trained, board-certified experts from Nemours Children's Hospital come to Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Melbourne to manage and treat all kinds of cardiac conditions — from the mild to the complex.

Our pediatric cardiology team understands 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 these problems as early as possible so we can develop a plan and begin treatment. We routinely see children for evaluation of these common symptoms:

  • heart murmurs
  • chest pain
  • fast heartbeat
  • palpitations (irregular heartbeat)
  • cyanosis (blue coloration)
  • fainting

With early detection and management, your child will have the best possible chance for a healthy future.

Pediatric Cardiac Tests in Central Florida

At Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Melbourne we offer several types of on-site cardiac testing. Your child may receive non-invasive (non-surgical and non-cardiac-catheterization) services that include diagnostic tests such as:

Echocardiography (also called an “echo” or an “ultrasound of the heart”) allows our pediatric cardiologists to see the heart’s structure and how the blood circulates through it. This is a non-invasive, painless procedure that can be done in our comfortable echocardiogram room. Your child can even select a video to watch while we perform the test.

Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a test that measures the heart’s electrical activity and is completely painless. A series of electrodes (small metal tabs) are simply fixed to your child’s skin in a few locations with tiny sticky papers. Then the information is transferred to a computer, where it’s stored and printed as a graph.

Other noninvasive pediatric cardiac diagnostic tests we offer in our Melbourne location include:

  • Holter monitor: a portable EKG that monitors a child’s heart activity for 24 hours
  • Cardiac event monitoring: a portable monitor that provides continuous heart monitoring and recording over several weeks

If needed, our pediatric cardiology team is also able to provide more comprehensive services and treatment at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, including:

Cardiopulmonary exercise assessment (also known as a stress test, or exercise test) is a test in which your child is attached to an EKG machine, and his or her heart rate and rhythm are measured while exercising — for example, riding a stationary bicycle or walking on a treadmill under supervision. If your child has or might have a heart problem or has undergone heart surgery, this test will help you to know which kinds of physical activities are OK and which ones aren’t. It can also pick up abnormalities in the heart’s rhythm that aren’t obvious during rest.

Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that creates still and moving pictures of the heart and major blood vessels.

Cardiac computed tomography (CT) develops a 3-D image of the heart.

Fetal echocardiography is an in-depth study of a baby’s heart while still in the womb.

Tilt-table test (and other autonomic testing) is a test that helps determine the cause of syncope (passing out) or feelings associated with it such as dizziness, light-headedness or blacking out.

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Sports Physicals: Focusing on Heart Health

Sports are a great way 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, Melbourne, Nemours’ trained pediatric cardiology specialists provide comprehensive heart evaluations for athletes before they hit the track, field, or court — helping to ensure safe game play.

Our pediatric heart 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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