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The pediatric cardiology team at University of Maryland Children's Hospital is comprised of experts who specialize only in children with heart conditions and provide the most sophisticated level of care to children with cardiac conditions ranging from rhythm abnormalities to the most complex heart surgeries.
Heart conditions can develop before a baby is born and need special care throughout childhood and sometimes into adulthood.
Pediatric Heart Conditions We Treat
Congenital Heart Disease
Congenital heart disease is one of the most common issues present at birth. These include holes in the heart and also issues like arteries that grow in the wrong place.
Acquired Heart Disease
Acquired heart diseases develop over the course of a person's life. While more common in adults, they can still affect children. Children with congenital heart diseases are more at risk for developing an acquired heart disease. Examples of acquired heart diseases include:
- Cardiac tumors
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Pericarditis/pericardial effusion
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Rheumatic heart disease
An arrhythmia is when the heart beats out of rhythm, either too fast, or too slowly. Examples include:
- Atrioventricular/heart block
- Long QT syndrome
- Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT)
- Ventricular tachycardia (VT)
Clinical Trials and Research
At the University of Maryland Children's Heart Program, we are committed to providing the most advanced treatments to our patients. Learn more about the Children's Heart Program's research initiatives and clinical trials.