A cardiologist who specializes in pediatrics, or pediatric cardiologist, has chosen to work with children who have heart and circulatory problems. Although they specialize in the care of kids, pediatric cardiologists generally manage youngsters over many years and even into adulthood, according to the Council of Pediatric Subspecialties. Since the scope of this discipline is extensive, pediatric cardiologists have many alternative responsibilities.
Pediatric cardiology is concerned with diseases of the heart in the growing and developing individual. As well as expertise in heart disease, pediatric cardiologists also need a thorough grounding in general pediatrics, in order to provide all-round patient care.
Pediatric cardiologists broadly treat congenital heart disease (present at birth), arrhythmias (variations in heartbeat rhythm) and disturbances of circulatory function. The initial assessment performed by the pediatric cardiologist might start with a physical examination using a stethoscope, after which more detailed investigations may be suggested.
Patients often present with advanced diagnostic and medical issues and after the initial assessment the pediatric cardiologist then chooses an best management plan. They work closely with a wide range of specialists as a part of a multidisciplinary team to assess and treat patients.