Pediatric Cardiac Care Newport Beach, Serving All Orange County

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Pediatric Cardiology Services

At Newport Harbor Cardiology, we offer the following tests and procedures for our pediatric caridology patients. Many of these can be performed at the time of your visit in our office. When needed, we use hospital outpatient or inpatient service for more sophisticated pediatric cardiology tests and procedures.

heart iconComprehensive Cardiac Consultation

Detailed evaluation by our board certified pediatric cardiologist with a specific management plan suitable for the patient.

heart iconPre Participation Sports Physicals/Athletic Cardiac Screening

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most common cause of sudden cardiac death in an athlete. This lethal outcome can be prevented by early detection.

At Newport Harbor Cardiology we are passionate about screening athletes for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. We are committed to providing a comprehensive athletic screening program which would enable them to participate in strenuous sporting activities with peace of mind. It would also allow us to detect any other cardiac disorders that could preclude participation in competitive sports.

heart iconArrhythmia Diagnosis and Management

An arrhythmia is an electrical disturbance of the heart. Common arrhythmias in pediatric patients include premature ventricular or atrial contractions, as well as supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). We provide expertise in the diagnosis and management of pediatric arrhythmias.

heart iconFetal Cardiac Diagnosis and Management

At Newport Harbor Cardiology we work closely with your obstetrician and perinatologist to assist in the management of your child. We have extensive experience with all forms of complex congenital heart disease. This includes prenatal detection of hypoplastic left heart syndrome, single ventricle, transposition of the great arteries, atrioventricular canal defect, tetralogy of Fallot, pulmonary valve atresia, and other congenital heart lesions. We also detect heart rhythm disorders in the fetus such as supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and congenital complete atrioventricular block and provide appropriate management.

We provide informative and compassionate counseling to you and your family. When necessary, we can arrange for further consultation with a congenital heart surgeon.

heart iconHypertension Management

Hypertension (elevated blood pressure) represents one of several risk factors for the development of atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease later in life. More and more frequently hypertension is being identified as a problem in young people. We provide expertise in the evaluation and management of pediatric hypertension.

heart iconCholesterol Screening and Education

An elevated cholesterol or triglyceride level can be a risk factor for the development of coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis later in life. More and more frequently elevated lipid levels are being identified in children and teenagers. Our office offers comprehensive evaluation and management of young people with lipid disorders, including blood tests with same day results to detect hyperlipidemia.

heart iconPOTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) Diagnosis and Management

POTS is a form of orthostatic intolerance, with the development of symptoms that come on when standing up from a reclining position, and that may be relieved by sitting or lying back down. The primary symptom of an orthostatic intolerance is lightheadedness, fainting, and an uncomfortable, rapid increase in heartbeat.

Heart rate and blood pressure work together to keep the blood flowing at a healthy pace, no matter what position the body is in. People with POTS cannot coordinate the balancing act of blood vessel squeeze and heart rate response. This means the blood pressure cannot be kept steady and stable.

Each case of POTS is different. POTS patients may see symptoms come and go over a period of years. In most cases, with proper adjustments in diet, medications and physical activity, a person with POTS will see an improvement in quality of life. Also, if an underlying cause is found and is treated, POTS symptoms may subside.

We provide comprehensive counselling and care to treat patients with diagnosis of POTS.

Noninvasive Diagnostic Cardiology Services

heart iconElectrocardiography

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a recording of the electrical forces in the heart. It allows for the detection of heart rhythm abnormalities such as premature ventricular or atrial contractions, supraventricular tachycardia, or atrioventricular block. It can be done on children of any age and is completely painless.

heart iconTransthoracic Echocardiography

A transthoracic echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. It is a test that uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart. A transducer is placed on the child's chest to visualize the heart structures. This is a completely harmless and painless procedure which typically takes between 15 and 30 minutes to complete. It is used most commonly to evaluate for possible structural defects of the heart. In our office, echoes are performed by our physician in a calm and relaxing atmosphere for your child. Our rooms are equipped with televisions and DVD players to ease any stress that your child may experience.

heart iconTreadmill Stress Test

A stress test is performed to screen patients who have cardiac symptoms, prior to sports clearance. It involves a patient exercising for a certain amount of time during which certain vital parameters are monitored such as heart rate and rhythm, ECG, and blood pressure. Stress testing is useful in the evaluation of numerous different symptoms such as chest pain, palpitations, and dizziness. It can also help assess the overall fitness of a child or young adult. Our office provides all the necessary equipment to perform a thorough stress test on your child.

heart iconFetal Echocardiogram

A fetal echocardiogram is a detailed study of the heart of a developing fetus. Your doctor may request a fetal echocardiogram for a number of different reasons. These may include suspicion of a congenital heart defect, a family history of congenital heart disease, or certain conditions in the mother which may predispose to heart disease such as diabetes or phenylketonuria. A fetal echocardiogram can usually be performed successfully after 18 weeks gestation, occasionally sooner.

Your fetal echocardiogram will be performed in a private room by our physician. Once the study is complete, the doctor will spend as much time as is necessary reviewing the results with you and providing in-depth counseling. We understand that this can be an extremely stressful time for you. Our physician and office staff will treat you with compassion and understanding and will work hard to make your visit as informative as possible.

heart icon Holter Monitoring

A Holter monitor is a device which records a patient’s heart rhythm for a 24-hour period of time. It is typically used to detect heart rhythm disturbances which may not be picked up by an ECG. The portable monitor, which is smaller than a cell phone, is usually worn on a belt for 24 hours during normal activity.

heart iconCardiac Event Monitoring

A cardiac event monitor is a small, portable device that can be used to record a patient’s heart rhythm during symptoms such as palpitations or chest pain. Typically cardiac event monitoring is used in situations where a patient's symptoms may be relatively infrequent. Our office generally provides cardiac event monitoring for a time period of at least one month.

heart icon24 Hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

Ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) monitoring involves measuring blood pressure (BP) at regular intervals (usually every 20–30 minutes) over a 24 hour period while patients undergo normal daily activities, including sleep. The portable monitor is worn on a belt connected to a standard cuff on the upper arm and uses an oscillometric technique to detect systolic, diastolic and mean BP as well as heart rate.When complete, the device is connected to a computer that prepares a report of the 24 hour, day time, night time, and sleep and awake (if recorded) average systolic and diastolic BP and heart rate. It is especially useful in cases of s uspected white-coat hypertension, in patients with a high risk of future cardiovascular events (even if the clinic BP is normal), and in titrating antihypertensive therapy.

At Newport Harbor Cardiology we provide 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, a service not often provided in an outpatient setting.