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A pediatric cardiologist is a specialist who diagnoses and treats congenital and acquired heart diseases in children. It is a specialist who gives consultation for heart defects, heart muscle dysfunction, hypertension and any systemic disorders affecting the cardiovascular system .
A pediatrician or neonatologist may advise parents to refer their child to a cardiologist if they suspect that the heart is working abnormally. They can make such a conclusion on the basis of symptoms and abnormal results of routine cardiac examinations.

In newborns, symptoms of cardiac pathology include:

  • poor appetite;
  • signs of poor blood supply (paleness, bluishness of the skin and mucous membranes);
  • respiratory disorders.
In older children, cardiac diseases manifest themselves:
  • chest pain;
  • shortness of breath;
  • dizziness;
  • intolerance to physical exertion;
  • fainting;
  • growth retardation.

An appointment with a cardiologist includes:
  • a conversation with the parents and the child about the symptoms of the disease, lifestyle, nutrition;
  • general clinical examination (examination of mucous membranes, nail plates);
  • listening to the heart, measuring the pulse;
  • EKG.

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After the initial consultation, the cardiologist may refer the child to one or more studies:

  • echocardiogram;
  • MRI, CT of the heart;
  • heart catheterization.

The need for specific procedures and tests is determined by the doctor for each child with heart pathology individually
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