Pediatric heart specialists in Denver

The pediatric cardiologists at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC) in Denver, Colorado provide a supportive environment for you and your child all the way from diagnosis to recovery.

Our pediatric-trained nurses, doctors, surgeons and support staff know that learning your child has a heart condition or congenital heart abnormality can be confusing, stressful and overwhelming. We are here to answer all of your questions and provide the support you and your family need.

To learn more about pediatric cardiac care at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, please call (877) 752-2737.

Pediatric heart conditions we treat

Our pediatric heart team offers specialized cardiology for kids with a variety of heart conditions, including:

Specialized heart care for children

According to the American Heart Association, one out of every 100 infants born in the U.S. has a congenital heart condition (Learn more about how champion kids heart health together with the American Heart Association). Congenital heart conditions are the most common congenital abnormality, or condition a child is born with. Although many are relatively minor and can resolve on their own with time, other congenital heart conditions can be more severe and require intervention. Parents and caregivers rest assured that our pediatric heart specialists at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children offer superior care for pediatric heart conditions and have access to the most advanced treatment options for your child.

If your child has a heart condition that requires specialized care, he or she will be cared for by our expert pediatric cardiology team in one of our state-of-the-art units. RMHC has a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) in-house equipped with specially trained nurses and physicians. Our PICU and NICU provide 24/7 monitoring, so your child always receives the extra attention and compassionate care he or she may require.

If your child needs pediatric heart surgery or needs to recover from a heart event, he or she will be cared for after surgery in our kid-approved PICU.

Comprehensive heart care for children

At RMHC, we offer comprehensive pediatric heart care that encompasses diagnostic testing, cardiac cath lab treatments, specialized heart programs and heart surgery when needed. Your child will receive care from some of the best pediatric cardiologists in Denver in a facility that is designed to care for the unique needs of children.

Pediatric heart surgery

If your child requires cardiac intervention or heart surgery, rest assured that he or she will be cared for by some of the region’s best pediatric cardiac surgeons right here in Denver. In the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children Heart Center at Presbyterian/St. Lukes Medical Center, we provide the medical expertise and access to advanced technology necessary to treat your child’s heart condition. Our patient-focused care teams put you and your child at the center of any care plan. Our pediatric heart experts offer specialized care for fetal diagnosis, maternal/fetal health, pediatric cardiology, as well as inpatient and outpatient long-term follow-up for complex congenital heart conditions for pediatric and adult patients – all under one roof.

Sofia's story

Sofia was born with her heart on the right side of her chest and required surgery the day she was born to properly connect her stomach and intestines. All of her procedures were done at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. When she was 5 months, she underwent open heart surgery. At 2 years, she had hand surgery to create an opposable thumb. At 4 years, she had her feeding tube removed. At 7 years, she received her first pacemaker (and then at 13 she had the battery replaced). Today, at 19, she was named the youngest American Heart Association Go Red for Woman National Spokesperson. Help us celebrate all that Sofia has accomplished.

Cardiac catheterization labs

The cardiovascular catheterization labs (cardiac cath labs) at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s are staffed by specially trained pediatric cardiology teams and equipped with advanced, child-sized medical equipment. The safety of your child is our top priority, which is why our cardiac cath labs use low-dose radiation imaging tools to ensure the safest environment for your child.

Our advanced labs feature high-resolution digital imaging equipment to provide accurate diagnoses and treatments. The cardiac cath labs at RMHC are part of what makes our pediatric cardiology program distinct.

Your child may be seen in one of our cardiac cath labs for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Identify narrowed or clogged arteries of the heart
  • Measure blood pressure within the heart
  • Evaluate how well the heart valves and chambers function
  • Check heart abnormalities
  • Evaluate an enlarged heart
  • Decide on an appropriate treatment
  • Perform interventional treatment

Fetal cardiology program

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s is home to one of the only fetal cardiology programs in the state of Colorado. Our specialists expertly diagnose and treat a variety of heart conditions and disorders in your unborn child.

We commonly diagnose and treat the following fetal heart conditions:

  • Congenital heart conditions: Heart conditions due to genetic causes or abnormal development.
  • Acquired conditions: Heart abnormalities in babies whose hearts are already formed.
  • Rhythm abnormalities: A result of heart conditions, abnormalities in the electrical system of the heart, often due to maternal drug or medicine exposure.

Pediatric telemedicine program

The pediatric telemedicine program at RMHC connects more distant communities to specialized cardiac healthcare for children. Our cardiology telemedicine program offers a dramatic improvement in the ability to provide immediate access to specialty heart care to children throughout the region.

Telemedicine allows our pediatric heart specialists to use technology as an aid in diagnosis and treatment, allowing children to remain in their local communities, when possible. This practice helps save costs for families and enhances access to rapid, safe and effective care for young patients.

Through the CO-DOC Telemedicine Network, telemedicine consultations can be performed on children with suspected congenital heart disease. Telemedicine allows for these children to be evaluated in their home community through echocardiography, or ultrasound of the heart. This noninvasive technique provides accurate diagnostic information about the structure and function of a child’s heart.

Echocardiograms can be viewed in real time as they are performed by a technician at a child’s local hospital. This allows for timely diagnosis with medical management, if required, to be initiated without delay in children who are found to have significant heart disease. This also helps avoid the unnecessary transport of children who are ultimately found to have a normal cardiac evaluation. If needed for additional treatment, transport can be arranged to RMHC.

Transport and physician consultations via telemedicine are available 24/7.

Family-centered pediatric heart care

At RMHC, we understand when a child is ill, the entire family is affected. Our specialists and support staff take on the responsibility of not only providing exceptional care for your child but also to the parents, siblings, grandparents and anyone else closely involved in the patient’s care. Our physicians and nurses value and prioritize open communication with patients and their families.

RMHC at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s is the ideal environment for expectant parents to choose for their child’s delivery. Our facility boasts expert-level perinatologists, neonatologists, pediatric cardiologists and pediatric cardiovascular surgeons, along with a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), all conveniently located in one facility. We are always prepared to provide you and your family with the comprehensive, quality care you need and deserve.

We do everything in our power to ensure families are able to stay together during a child’s hospital stay. The support of family and friends aids in recovery and helps your child thrive. Parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to spend the night with your child. Additionally, we offer the following services and amenities:

  • Room service for guests
  • Spiritual support
  • Hotel discounts for family and friends

Please feel fee to ask us any questions you have during your child’s stay. We will always take the time necessary to answer your questions honestly and address your concerns with compassion.