Care for Heart Conditions

Heart problems can affect young children, adolescents, or the baby in the womb. If there are concerns about your child’s heart health, your pediatrician may recommend a cardiologist, a specialist in the detection and treatment of heart disease in children. The pediatric cardiologists at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital are dedicated to providing compassionate, state-of-the-art and convenient delivery of care to children and young adults.

The pediatric cardiology division offers complete clinical services for the diagnosis and treatment of congenital and acquired heart disease in babies, children and young adults.

Board-certified specialists offer the complete range of evaluation and management to the following disorders:

  • Congenital heart disease in children and adults 
  • Fetal heart disease
  • Acquired heart disease (such as cardiomyopathies, Kawasaki disease, etc.)
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Adolescent cardiology
  • Blood lipid disorders
  • Comprehensive assessment of murmurs
  • Evaluation and management of:
    • chest pain
    • syncope
    • cyanotic newborn 

Diagnostic services include:

  • Electrocardiograph (ECG) interpretation
  • Arrhythmia evaluation and management
  • Echocardiography
  • Diagnostic cardiac catheterization
  • Interventional catheterization
  • Radiofrequency ablation of arrhythmias
  • Pacemaker management
  • Surgical management of congenital heart lesions
  • Cardiac transplantation
  • Evaluation and management of families with a history of premature coronary heart disease
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Exercise testing
  • Fetal echocardiography

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital also offers consultations and follow-up appointments with a pediatric cardiologist in other Iowa communities.

To view our pediatric cardiology educational videos, visit our YouTube channel.

Support Groups

Heart Friends Support Group

Families whose child has heart disease can meet other families through the Heart Friends Support Group. In addition to support, the group holds informative meetings and seeks to raise public awareness of congenital heart conditions.

Patient Stories

  • Parent Blog: Andrew Knapp

    portrait of infant Kaeli Knapp I want to thank everyone who was a part of our care. Our daughter wouldn't be here without this hospital. From the nursing staff that comforted us in our moment of crisis to her doctors who saved her life and didn't give up on her, everyone made sure we were okay and explained everything that was happening.Read more
  • Kiersten Mann

    Kiersten Mann, portrait After noticing that she crawled, rather than walked, up the stairs at age 3, Kiersten was referred to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. A pediatric neuromuscular expert diagnosed her with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, a form of muscular dystrophy that weakens the muscles in the arms and legs. Read more
  • Camdyn Reisner

    Camdyn Reisner Camdyn was a seemingly healthy newborn when she stopped breathing in her mother’s arms at 21 days old. She was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where medical staff performed CPR for almost an hour. When a faint pulse was found, she was flown by helicopter to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Doctors found no reason for her to have stopped breathing, and after a month of tests, Camdyn went home with a heart monitor. Read more
  • Drew Steffen

    Drew Steffen Drew was born with severe congenital heart disease that went undetected until he became very sick at 8 days old. Upon examination, his local pediatrician discovered his heart was racing and lungs were full of fluid. He was taken by ambulance to a Waterloo hospital, where tests the next day showed the fluid in his lungs was due to Drew being in heart failure.Read more
  • University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital patient family visits Capitol Hill to urge Congress to safeguard Medicaid for kids

    Ellie Schmidt of Center Point, Iowa, age 9 The Schmidt family speaks on behalf of 30 million children reliant on MedicaidRead more

Locations and Contact

  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    2400 Colloton Pavilion
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    In House Directions: UI Stead Family Children's Hospital public elevator, Level 2
    Hours
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Contact
    • Appointment: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
    • Emergency: 319-356-1616
  • Quad Cities location
    1236 E. Rusholme Street
    Davenport, Iowa 52803
    Contact
    • Phone: 563-421-3980
  • Pediatric Cardiology
    330 Laurel Street, Suite 2200
    Des Moines, Iowa 50314
    Contact
    • Phone: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
  • Mercy Medical Center
    250 Mercy Drive
    Dubuque, Iowa 52001
    Contact
    • Phone: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
  • Sanford Childrens Specialty Clinic
    1600 West 22nd Street
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57117
    Contact
    • Phone: 605-333-7188

Care Team