Arnold Palmer Hospital

The Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children brings together a select group of leading-edge cardiologists, cardiac anesthesiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, physicians, nurses, intensivists and technicians to offer extensive expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infants and children with heart disease. Our multidisciplinary team provides the individual attention and focused care that our patients and their families need to heal. Through a wide range of specialized services and expert care, The Heart Center gives young heart patients the chance to be amazing kids.

Ranked as one of the Best Children's Hospitals in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Arnold Palmer Hospital has been ranked as one of the Best Children's Hospitals in Cardiology & Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report in 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2008. For families of children needing cardiac care, the ranking provides parents and families the assurance that Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children is truly the leader in Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery in Central Florida. These are accomplishments we proudly share with our patients and our community.

Learn Why The Heart Center is the Leader in Cardiac Care for Kids

Pediatric Cardiac Diagnostics and Testing Procedures 

Interventional Cardiac Catheterization

Many heart conditions in children can now be successfully treated without the need for open-heart surgery. Small catheters can be inserted through a blood vessel, usually in the leg, and guided into the heart. Through these catheters, a wide variety of heart problems— such as holes in the heart or narrow valves or vessels—can be treated. Typically, children are out of the hospital less than 24 hours after an interventional cardiac catheterization.

Dr. David Nykanen, Director of Cardiology from The Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, discusses Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization.

Dr. Susan desJardin, Pediatric Cardiologist from The Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, discusses heart murmurs in children.

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) (if applicable)

Cardiac MRI is a non-invasive test used to take detailed pictures of your child’s heart. This painless test is used to evaluate the structure and function of the heart and blood vessels. Our cardiac MRI physician specialists can create three-dimensional images of complex heart defects and can also measure how well the heart is pumping blood to your body.

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Echocardiography is an ultrasound that uses high frequency sound waves to create multi-dimensional pictures of your child’s heart. Our highly trained and skilled pediatric ARDM’s certified echosonographers use a small probe called a transducer to perform this painless test. We are able to examine and measure the structure and functioning of the heart using this non-invasive procedure.

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An ECG or electrocardiogram allows us to measure the electrical activity in the heart. A trained pediatric EKG technician will have your child lie on a bed for this test. We will attach small patches called electrodes to your child’s chest, arms and legs. These electrodes will be connected to an ECG machine using wires called leads. It will be important for your child to lie still and not talk during the procedure so there will not be any interference with the tracing. The ECG machine will printout the tracing for the physician to review.

Invasive Electrophysiology

Invasive electrophysiology is a special type of cardiac catheterization that is used to evaluate children with arrhythmia - heart rhythm irregularities. Electrophysiology studies the heart’s electrical system with electrodes that help pinpoint the section of heart tissue that is sending out faulty electrical signals. Once the source of the malfunction is identified, the problem is corrected using radio frequency energy delivered through a catheter during the same procedure. This procedure is remarkably safe and successful.

Pediatric Hybrid Cardiac Catheterization Lab

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children is one of the few hospitals in the country to have a true
hybrid catheterization lab, designed specifically for congenital heart disease patients. Our state-of-the-art suite brings together the traditional diagnostic functions of a full catheterization lab and surgical functions of an operating room into one space. Learn more about our Pediatric Hybrid Cardiac Catheterzation Lab here.

Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Our nationally recognized pediatric cardiac surgery program provides a wide range of surgical procedures with
innovative surgical techniques. The team operates on neonatal infants with complex congenital heart problems as well as children, adolescents and adults with congenital heart disease. This program was ranked among the top pediatric heart surgery programs in the country
in 2014, 2012, 2011 and 2010 by US News and World Report.
Our excellent surgical outcomes would not be possible without our dedicated cardiac team. To learn more about the types of cardiac surgery, our philosophy of care, and what you need to know to best prepare your child for surgery, visit Cardiac Surgery.

Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia

Our cardiac anesthesiologists at The Heart Center are dedicated to providing high quality, specialized care to your child requiring anesthesia or sedation, with a combined experience of over 40 years in the specialty.
We also provide a consultant service and anesthesia for patients with both existing and corrected heart disease undergoing non-cardiac surgery. Our cardiac anesthesiologists also contribute to the management of patients in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Learn more about pediatric cardiac anesthesia and the services we offer.

Pediatric Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit

The Pediatric Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children is specifically designed to meet the individual needs of patients who are recovering from cardiac surgery. The CVICU consists of 20-beds that are staffed by a dedicated team of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, a social worker, a discharge planner, a clinical dietician, a pharmacist and a child life specialist, all who have been specifically trained in cardiac care. Learn more about our Pediatric Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit.

Dr. Maher Eldadah, Pediatric Cardiac Intensivist at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, discusses the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Arnold Palmer Hospital.

Pediatric Cardiac Home Monitoring Program

The goal of the Pediatric Cardiac Home Monitoring Program at Arnold Palmer Hospital is to improve the survival and quality of life in newborns and infants with complex/high risk congenital heart defects. Our High Risk/Home Monitoring Team provides the support and education needed to improve survival and quality of life during this interstage period.
Learn more about our Pediatric Cardiac Home Monitoring Program.

To schedule an appointment or for more information on The Heart Center, please call us at 407.649.6907

Support Cardiac Care for Kids in Central Florida

As a community owned, not-for-profit hospital, Arnold Palmer Hospital relies on support from our community to fund crucial expansion efforts, renovations and the purchase of supplies and new medical equipment. We invite you to make a donation to support the Center for Children's Cancer & Blood Disorders.

What will your donation support?

Funding for The Heart Center will go toward the renovation and expansion of beds, the Inpatient Echo Lab, the renovation of the Pediatric Hybrid Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, the purchase of new ultrasound equipment, and continued research.