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Congenital heart disease in children
Congenital heart disease in adults
Cardiac transplantation evaluation
Complex heart rhythm problems
Fetal cardiology
General pediatric cardiology
Genetic cardiology
Interventional cardiac catheterization

Congenital Heart Disease in Children

Each year in this country, more than 35,000 babies — or eight of every 1,000 infants — are born with a congenital heart defect. Defects include openings in the walls separating the right and left chambers of the heart and defective valves. Services for children with congenital heart disease are provided by our faculty and staff.

Congenital Heart Disease in Adults

The number of children with congenital heart disease becoming adults is increasing every year. Indeed, by 2010 in the United States, there will be more adults with congenital heart disease than children. To manage this population of patients, we have established a center of excellence for our patients as they progress from childhood and adolescence into adulthood, offering the best possible noninvasive diagnostic testing and when required, surgical support. Physicians providing services for adults with congenital heart disease include Richard Ringel, M.D. and Jane Crosson, M.D. 

Cardiac Transplantation Evaluation

We provide outpatient and acute inpatient evaluation of infants, children and adolescents in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., for cardiac transplantation. Services for critically ill patients include cardiac support with left- and bi-ventricular assist devices as a bridge to transplantation. Clinical staff who provide cardiac transplantation evaluation services include Janet Scheel, M.D. and Pat Kane, R.N.

Complex Heart Rhythm Problems

The management of infants, children and adolescents with complex heart rhythm problems includes noninvasive and intracardiac electrophysiologic testing, medical therapy and radiofrequency ablation therapy. Fetal rhythm management in collaboration with Neonatal - Perinatal Medicine is routinely available. More than 125 infants, children and adolescents with pacemakers and implantable defibrillators are followed regularly. Clinical staff who manage complex heart rhythm problems include Jane Crosson, M.D., and Glenda Roberts, R.N.

Fetal Cardiology

Thanks to advances in cardiac imaging techniques and state-of-the-art MRI and CT, we are able to diagnose complex congenital heart disease and cardiac rhythm problems prenatally, before birth. Fetal cardiology services, including diagnostic ultrasound and family counseling, are provided by our clinical staff at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center and at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC).

Physicians providing fetal cardiology services include:

General Pediatric Cardiology

Outpatient services in General Pediatric Cardiology are provided daily at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center. Also, consultative and follow-up care is provided at our nine pediatric cardiology community sites. Services include electrocardiogram, which records the electrical activity of the heart, and echocardiography, which uses sound waves to produce a moving picture of the heart. General Pediatric Cardiology services are provided by our faculty and staff.

Genetic Cardiology

The Center for Inherited Heart Diseases at Johns Hopkins is one of seven such centers in the United States. Our physicians and genetic counselors see patients with Marfan syndrome and other connective tissue abnormalities, as well as hypertrophic and dilated cardiomyopathy..
Physicians who provide genetic cardiology services include:

Interventional Cardiac Catheterization

Procedures to relieve obstructed pulmonary and aortic valves and to close a patent ductus arteriosis (PDA), an atrial septal defect (ASD) or a ventricular septal defect (VSD) are routinely performed. Other services include ultrasound guided cardiac biopsy and relief of pulmonary artery obstruction and aortic arch obstruction through treatment with balloon dilatation and stent implantation. The physician who provides these services is Richard Ringel, M.D.

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