November 18th, 2013 | Soccer. Baseball. Basketball. Gymnastics. If your child plans to participate in an organized sport activity, they’ll need more than just the required gear and equipment; They’ll also need a yearly physical exam. While an annual physical is fairly comprehensive, your physician may recommend additional screening for heart-related… Continue Reading
Care for children with heart problems is one of many specialty areas at Riley Hospital for Children Cardiology at Indiana University Health. Our cardiology services for children began in 1950 and are well known regionally and nationally. Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health is the only center in Indiana that offers comprehensive evaluation, medical management and surgery for infants and children with heart disease. Our cardiovascular team is ranked in the top children's hospitals in U.S.News & World Report's 2013 – 14 Best Children's Hospitals.
A Highly Specialized Pediatric Team
Our board-certified pediatric cardiologists are doctors with special training and skill in finding, treating, and preventing heart and blood vessel disease in children of all ages, from infancy to young adulthood. Our team also includes pediatric cardiovascular surgeons, clinical nurse specialists and cardiology social workers, all specialists in the care of children.
Helping Children Throughout the Midwest
Children who come to Riley Cardiology at IU Health for cardiac care usually are referred by their primary care physician for evaluation because the doctor has noticed something unusual, which needs to be evaluated by a specialist. These conditions include heart murmurs, rapid breathing, high blood pressure, infections involving the heart or blood vessels, chest pain, heart rhythm disturbances, fainting episodes and questions about participation in sports. Babies born with heart disease are expertly cared for at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health after being born in hospitals of IU Medical Center, or after being transported here from other hospitals in the region.
The Most Advanced Diagnostic Tools
Our pediatric cardiologists use a range of tests to evaluate heart problems. Simple tests include EKG (electrocardiogram), x-ray and blood tests. If more specialized tests are needed, we offer the most sophisticated techniques for diagnosing heart disease in children, including echocardiogram, ambulatory EKG, exercise testing, electrophysiologic testing, radio frequency ablation, and diagnostic and interventional heart catheterization. Our pediatric heart specialists are among the most experienced in the country in heart catheterizations.
Leaders in Heart Transplantation
IU Health is a leader in heart transplantation for children as well as adults. The first infant heart transplant in Indiana was performed at Riley at IU Health in 1989, and soon after, a four-day-old infant, the youngest child to undergo a heart transplant in an Indiana hospital, received a new heart. IU Health's infant heart transplantation program is one of only a few such programs in the Midwest.
For More Information
Most of our patients are referred here by their primary care physician. If you suspect a problem, we suggest you first see your child's pediatrician or family physician.
For more Information about our services or to schedule an appointment, call us at 317.274.8906 or fax us at 317.274.4022.