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Pediatrics - Cardiology

Houston, Texas

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Pediatrics - Cardiology
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Heart Failure, Cardiomyopathy and Transplantation

The Section of Pediatric Cardiology at the Heart Center at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine is one of the largest in the world, with expertise in all areas of clinical cardiology. Our clinics provide state-of-the-art medical care to the children of Houston, as well as children across the state of Texas, the United States, and internationally. The Cardiomyopathy / Heart Failure / Transplant Program is staffed by outstanding physicians, nurse coordinators and social workers. It works directly with Congenital Heart Surgery and Anesthesiology to provide the best care to the patient and their families.

Developed as a specialized full-service clinic in 1991, this clinic cares for children with all forms of cardiomyopathy and heart failure. It is the largest clinic of its type for children, with more than 1,000 children seen annually in The Heart Center Clinic area within the West Tower of Texas Children’s, 20th floor. This team of physicians provides outpatient and inpatient consultative care for dilated cardiomyopathy, myocarditis, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, restrictive cardiomyopathy, arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy and left ventricular noncompaction. In addition, complex forms of heart muscle disease such as Barth syndrome, mitochondrial cardiomyopathy, metabolic cardiomyopathy, toxic cardiomyopathy (such as adriamycin cardiomyopathy) and heart failure due to congenital heart disease are evaluated and treated in this clinic.

Cutting-edge diagnostic studies and treatments are available in these clinics, as are research studies aimed at identifying the genetic basis of these diseases. Tuesday is reserved for cardiomyopathy patients, and transplant clinic patients are seen on Thursday. Access to care is provided 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year with on-call availability of the faculty of this service to assure that all children followed by this team receive excellent care.


Coordinators and Support Staff

  • Corey Gates, RN (Coordinator)
  • Danielle Mitchell, RN (Coordinator)
  • Kimberly Zaruca, RN (Coordinator)
  • Nancy Cruz (Admin Contact)

Click here for more information about advance training in Pediatric Heart Failure, Cardiomyopathy and Transplantation.

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