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Pediatric Heart Care

As a parent, you want to ensure your child has the best heart health. At UNM Children's Hospital Heart Center, you'll work with a cardiology team of board-certified doctors and surgeons who support your child through diagnosis, treatment and recovery. From life in the womb through high school graduation, your child gets access to advanced heart care from leaders in cardiology.

Cardiac Tests & Diagnostics

Your child's care begins with a review of medical history and a physical exam, which may include one of these procedures:  
  • Oxygen saturation determines the amount of oxygen in the blood without a blood sample.
  • Electrocardiogram places small electrodes on the chest to reveal the heart's functioning and rhythm.
  • Echocardiography uses sound waves to take pictures of the heart of a child or fetus.
  • Diagnostic cardiac catheterization takes detailed pictures of the heart and vessels.
  • Holter, wrist and event recording uses noninvasive devices that record the heart's rhythm for 24 hours or longer.
  • Exercise stress testing measures the heart's response to physical activity.
  • Pacemaker/implantable cardioverter defibrillator evaluation checks your child's device from outside the body.

Accredited in Pediatric Echocardiography

UNM Children's Hospital Heart Center holds accreditation in fetal echocardiography and pediatric transthoracic (through the chest) echocardiography from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. That means your child benefits from thoroughly trained and qualified staff, strict measures that help ensure accurate results and advanced equipment.

Heart Treatments & Services

No matter your child's condition, the cardiac care team will recommend a personalized treatment plan designed to improve length and quality of life such as:  
  • Electrophysiology/ablation treats unusual heart rhythms.
  • Heart failure management to help the heart pump enough blood to the rest of the body.
  • Surgery for heart abnormalities present at birth.
  • Therapeutic cardiac catheterization, which passes tiny medical tools through the blood vessels to open narrowed channels and improve blood flow.
  • Transplant assessment to determine whether a child qualifies to receive a new heart.

Make an Appointment

To request an appointment for pediatric heart care at UNM Health System, call 505-272-3864 or 888-543-2237 (toll free). Ask your pediatrician for a referral before you call.

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