At the Heart Centre for Children, we run a range of specialty clinics, tests and procedures to either diagnose or check up on a patient's heart and related health. We treat newborns, infants, children, adolescents and even unborn children. Here is some information about some of those clinics, tests and procedures.
Referrals to these clinics are made by your local doctor, obstetrician or paediatrician, depending on the circumstances.
Cardiology / Congenital Heart Disease Clinic
At this clinic we provide assessment and management of children with suspected or confirmed heart disease.
Fetal Cardiology (NSW Fetal Echocardiography Service)
Our Fetal Cardiology Service provides echocardiographic assessment and management of the fetal heart where heart disease is considered possible.
Adolescent Congenital Heart Clinic
Generally suitable for those aged 13-18, this clinic specialises in the assessment and management of teenagers and young adults with known or suspected heart disease. Transition to appropriate adult cardiological care is also provided.
In this clinic, we care for children with a variety of heart conditions who require a permanent pacemaker or an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). Highly trained cardiac technicians supervised by the heart rhythm cardiologist check and programme these devices. This process is painlessly performed via a remote-control programming device. The clinic normally runs on Wednesday morning.
We also run outreach clinics in country NSW, and Asia-Pacific countries to provide treatment by our skilled cardiology and surgery teams to children who may otherwise not have access in remote parts of Australia and across the world.
These are some of the common clinical procedures that we use at the Heart Centre for Children to treat and/or diagnose heart disease. Click on the appropriate heading for more detailed information about any of these.
Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring
Documents blood pressure over a given period of time
A test to obtain detailed information about the heart
Provides information about the structure and function of the heart
Provides information about the structure and function of the heart.
Provides information about heart rhythm and electrical signals
A patient-activated device that records the heart's electrical activity
Measures the performance and capacity of the heart, lungs and blood vessels
Continuously records the heart's electrical activity
Provides complete services for children with implanted cardiac rhythm management devices. More information coming soon.
Will my child have to stay in hospital for his/her test or procedure?
Childhood heart problems sometimes involve staying in hospital for investigations, changes in medications, cardiac catheterisations and possibly surgery. This can understandably be a stressful and scary experience. Our staff are here to support you and answer any questions or concerns you might have. If your child is going to be admitted to hospital and you have questions about this, please contact a Clinical Nurse Consultant (02) 9845 2345.