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.

 
Read More About Pediatric Cardiology

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, Tallahassee

Children's Medical Services (CMS) Building
2390 Phillips Road
Tallahassee, FL 32308
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For Appointments: (850) 505-4775
Hours vary, please call

 
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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
New Patients

Bring these forms for your first appointment:

Returning Patients
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
    English | Spanish
    Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
 
Forms & Resources
New Patient Forms
Returning Patient Forms
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
    English | Spanish
    Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Resources for Patients & Families

Pediatric cardiology teams from the Nemours Cardiac Center at Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Pensacola come to Tallahassee to evaluate, manage and treat all kinds of pediatric heart conditions — from the mild to the complex.

 
Pediatric Cardiology Conditions We Treat
  • arrhythmias and conduction abnormalities
  • cardiomyopathy (abnormal heart muscle)
  • chest pain
  • congenital heart disease
  • connective tissue disease
  • cyanosis (blue coloration)
  • 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 Tallahassee
  • transthoracic echocardiography (also called an "echo" or an "ultrasound of the heart" to check the heart’s structure and blood circulation)
  • electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG, measures to measure the heart’s electrical activity)
  • fetal echocardiography (in-depth study of a baby’s heart while still in the womb)
  • 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 the Northwest

If needed, our pediatric cardiology team provides more comprehensive services at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Pensacola, part of the Nemours Cardiac Center in Florida, such as:

  • 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)

Special Heart Care and Services, Just for Kids

 
Fetal Cardiac Diagnostics

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.

 
Cardiac Rehabilitation and Therapy

Heart disease in children often has far-reaching effects, and our cardiology team can help your child and family understand, cope with and manage a heart condition today, tomorrow and beyond. Our pediatric cardiologists identify potential complications through ongoing screening and assessments, interventions, education and support for long-term wellness and healthy eating. We also collaborate with occupational, physical and speech/language therapists when needed.

 
Preventive Cardiology Services

Nemours is internationally recognized for our investigations into preventive cardiology and is a leader in national efforts to reduce the risk for cardiovascular problems in children with obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and other conditions that can cause heart disease as adults. Working closely with our partners in the Healthy Choices Clinic, our multispecialty teams include nutritionists and social workers who offer guidance and health planning for life.

 
Sports Physicals: Focusing on Heart Health

Nemours is internationally recognized for our investigations into preventive cardiology and is a leader in national efforts to reduce the risk for cardiovascular problems in children with obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and other conditions that can cause heart disease as adults. Working closely with our partners in the Healthy Choices Clinic, our multispecialty teams include nutritionists and social workers who offer guidance and health planning for life.


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 relationships and teaching our patients and families about the condition and how best to manage it.

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