The exact process you and your child will follow depends on which services they need and where you live. Most likely, your child's pediatrician or cardiologist will refer your child to Duke for an appointment. We strive to make your in-person visits to Duke as efficient and convenient as possible, sometimes by making multiple appointments on the same day. Virtual video visits are also an option.
General Heart Care
If your child is referred for general pediatric cardiology care, our pediatric cardiologists will evaluate your child, discuss concerning symptoms like chest pain or fainting, and review test results that could indicate a heart murmur, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, or other heart issues.
Prenatal Heart Care for Your Unborn Child
If you are pregnant and have been told your baby may have a congenital heart defect, your OB-GYN or maternal-fetal medicine specialist will send a referral to Duke. We can meet with you before your baby is born and make sure you know what to expect.
Heart Procedures and Surgeries
If your child is referred to Duke for pediatric electrophysiology studies, heart catheterization procedures, and/or heart surgery, we will contact you after we receive the referral and outline your next steps.
Pediatric heart experts will review your child’s health records, physician notes, test results, imaging scans, and other relevant information. They will order more tests if needed, and may schedule a consultation to discuss the recommended treatment plan for your child. Once agreed upon, the procedure or surgery will be scheduled.