Facing a heart condition is difficult. When you choose Atrium Health Levine Children’s, you’re putting your child in experienced, compassionate hands. Patients come to our outpatient cardiology team when they have an existing heart problem, or symptoms like shortness of breath or an irregular heartbeat.

Our doctors use state-of-the-art tools to evaluate your child’s heart. Then we select the best treatment – from medication to surgery – to give them a healthier future.

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To learn more about outpatient cardiology at Levine Children’s, contact us at 704-373-1813.

Conditions we treat

Our team of pediatric experts has treated all types of patients with heart conditions like:

  • Heart murmurs: Usually, doctors hear a “lub-dub” sound when they listen to the heartbeat. If your child has a heart murmur, their heart may make a “swishing” or “whooshing” sound. If this is the case for your child, our team will figure out what’s causing it and make a personalized treatment plan for their condition.
  • Chest pain: We evaluate a child’s medical history and do a physical exam to get to the root of what’s causing a child’s chest pain. Then we’ll create a treatment plan tailored to each child’s individual needs.
  • Abnormal cardiac rhythm or arrhythmia: Some children’s hearts beat too quickly or too slowly. Our team will use state-of-the-art tools to understand your child’s heart problem and treat it with medication or noninvasive electrophysiology procedures.
  • Congenital heart defects: These are heart problems that children are born with. Our outpatient cardiology department coordinates with our other pediatric cardiology and adult congenital subspecialists, providing the care your child needs from infancy to adulthood.
  • High blood pressure: This happens when blood flows too strongly through arteries (the tubes that carry blood through the body). In coordination with our pediatric nephrology team, we can help determine if high blood pressure is related to the heart, and how high blood pressure can affect your child’s heart.
  • Exertional symptoms (like lightheadedness and fainting): If your child has fainting spells, dizziness or a fast heart rate when standing up, they might have a heart problem. We’ve seen hundreds of children with these symptoms, and we’ll help you get to the root of them in your child.

Outpatient cardiology services

Your child will have access to the latest tools and services to help them manage their heart condition, including:

  • Electrophysiology: Where our team studies your child’s heartbeat and uses advanced tools to regulate it if needed.
  • Metabolic stress testing: Where we evaluate how your child’s heart performs under stress (while they’re exercising) so we can create a treatment plan.
  • Nutrition and dietary support: To keep hearts healthy through diet and exercise.
  • Supportive services: Ranging from social work to child life specialists who can help families with everything from counseling to finding financial help.

Outpatient cardiology subspecialty clinics

Our patients also have access to subspecialty clinics, which offer highly specialized care for kids with certain conditions. These clinics include:

  • Aortopathy clinic: This clinic serves patients with genetic connective tissue disorders that put them at risk for heart problems. Our clinic is led by a cardiologist who specializes in heart conditions with possible genetic causes. We offer a comprehensive evaluation of each child’s heart problems and genetic sources that may be causing it.

  • Cardio-oncology clinic: Sometimes, lifesaving cancer therapies like chemotherapy can harm a child’s heart. This clinic supports children and teenagers at risk for heart problems before, during and after cancer therapy. Our cardiologists work with a multidisciplinary team of doctors trained in cancer conditions to provide heart care tailored to each child’s needs.

  • Lipid clinic: Lipid disorders are conditions where children have high levels of lipids or fat particles in their blood. This includes high cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes. Levine Children’s is home to one of the region's leading lipid clinics, offering comprehensive care tailored to each child’s needs.

  • Dysautonomia clinic: A child who has dysautonomia may faint, feel dizzy and have an irregular heartbeat or low blood pressure. Our clinic, the only one of its kind in our region, specializes in helping children who are experiencing dysautonomia as a result of a heart condition. Doctors from multiple pediatric specialties work together to meet each child’s needs.

Why choose Levine Children's?

  • Experience. Our doctors have spent decades helping children overcome even the most complex heart conditions. Many of our doctors completed extra years of specialized training to help kids like yours. We also work in close partnership with Atrium Health Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute - home to world-renowned heart care specialists.

  • Multidisciplinary care. Some children with heart issues need care from several doctors. Levine Children’s is home to board-certified doctors in many pediatric heart subspecialties, including electrophysiology and catheterization. Levine Children’s is the only place in the region where kids have access to all of these experts in one place. These doctors work together to create a custom care plan that addresses every aspect of your child’s health.

  • Top accreditation. We’re one on of the few ACHA accredited adult congenital heart disease programs in the country, underscoring our ability to provide expert care.

  • Advanced imaging tools. We use some of the world’s most advanced imaging tools to understand each patient’s heart condition, so we can pinpoint the best way to fix it.

  • Top surgical outcomes. If your child needs surgery, our surgery team has some of the region’s highest success rates. U.S. News & World Report recognizes us as one of the nation’s top hospitals for pediatric heart care.

  • Comprehensive care. Heart conditions can impact every part of your child’s life, from their schoolwork to their mental health. Our care team includes nurse navigators, social workers, child life specialists and more to make sure your child and family have all the support you need.

  • Lifelong support. Some heart problems are identified before your baby is born. Others develop as your child grows. We deliver expert care from the moment your child is diagnosed, all the way through adulthood.

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