Melbourne Paediatric Specialists

 

Paediatric Cardiology

Diagnosis and treatment of Congenital and Structural Heart Diseases

What is Paediatric Cardiology?

Heart disease is often present from birth (Congenital Heart Disease) or in some cases can develop later in life.

A Paediatric Cardiology Specialist assesses and treats infants, children and young adults with heart disease due to a structural problem in which the blood flows through the heart incorrectly or inefficiently, as well as problems that arise due to disordered heart rhythm.

Paediatric Cardiologists are also involved in caring for pregnant mothers whose unborn babies have problems with their hearts.

Common conditions managed:

  • Chest Pain
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Cyanosis
  • Fainting (Syncope) / Dizziness
  • Heart Murmurs
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Palpitations

The care of patients with heart disease often involves the need for outpatient investigations like heart imaging with ultrasound (Echocardiography) and/or recording the heart’s electrical signals (ECG & Holter Monitoring).

For certain patients they may need to undergo investigation with Heart Catheterisation and for a select group of patients, heart catheterisation may offer the means to treat their form of heart disease.

As patients with heart disease often have additional or underlying problems, Cardiology Specialists may recommend consultation with other specialist doctors, as well as allied health professionals.

The goal of individualised patient care is to have patients achieve the best quality of life possible taking into account the consequences that arise from their heart condition.

Dr Geoff Lane is a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of Congenital and Structural Heart Diseases practicing at Melbourne Paediatric Specialists.