East Tennessee Pediatric Cardiology
Trustworthy Heart Care Professionals
Pediatric cardiologists care for children who may have heart problems.
Our heart doctors can detect and treat problems before birth, throughout
childhood and even into adult life. Our doctors also determine if a heart
murmur is real disease or not. They often are called on to diagnose the
cause of fainting and palpitations.
Childhood heart disease may be caused by:
- Congenital heart problems/birth defects
- Genetic conditions
- Rhythm disturbances
Your Appointment With The Pediatric Cardiologist
At your first appointment, your doctor will check your child's vital
signs. These signs include respiratory rate, heart rate, blood pressure,
height, and weight.
Appointments usually include an electrocardiogram (EKG). EKGs are not painful
and do not involve drawing blood or needles. Small sticky electrodes will
be placed on your child's skin to pick up the electrical activity
of their heart. A cardiac ultrasound, also called an echocardiogram, is
often performed. This test is not painful either.
You will receive the results of the EKG and Echo tests on the same day.
After those results have been read by the doctor, more tests may be scheduled
We have the only heart doctors in Knoxville who can do cardiac catheterization
procedures on children. This procedure is done instead of invasive open
heart surgery. Heart defects that can be repaired in the catheterization
lab include narrowed valves, narrowed arteries and some holes that can
be closed this way. The nature of this procedure means that your child
will spend less time in the hospital and not have to go through major surgery.
If you think your child needs to see a pediatric cardiologist, find a doctor
at Children's Hospital. You do not need a referral to make an appointment.