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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
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)
  • 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

  • Keeping close watch on high-risk pediatric cardiology patients

    Charlie Howard, photo Charlie was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a condition in which the side of the heart that pumps blood to the body is severely underdeveloped. Charlie had heart surgery four days after birth. Read more
  • Jaylee Bartleson

    Jaylee Bartelson, photo At 9-months-old, Jaylee Bartleson was attached to a life support device—a left ventricle assist device (LVAD)—while awaiting her heart transplant. Find out how Jaylee's medical team helped her live a full baby life in the weeks before her transplant surgery. Read more
  • Gabby Yoder

    Gabby Yoder, portrait A high-risk ultrasound during pregnancy revealed that something was wrong with Gabby’s heart. Her mother was sent to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital for a fetal echocardiogram, which led to a diagnosis of hypoplastic right heart syndrome with pulmonary atresia, a congenital heart defect where the right side of heart is underdeveloped. Read more
  • Parent Blog: Megan Runde

    Libby Runde, photo "I was transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for preterm labor. Libby was delivered by emergency C-section at 26 weeks and had a blood transfusion on her first day of life." – Megan Read more
  • Parent Blog: Shalan and Kyle Knapke

    Adira Knapke, photo When Shalan and Kyle Knapke found out that their daughter Adira would be born without a fully developed right ventricle, they turned to UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. “We are so blessed to have such an amazing hospital nearby!” Read 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
    • 1-855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
    • 1-319-356-1616 (Emergency)
  • Quad Cities location
    1236 E. Rusholme Street
    Davenport, Iowa 52803
    Contact
    • 1-563-421-3980
  • Pediatric Cardiology
    330 Laurel Street, Suite 2200
    Des Moines, Iowa 50314
    Contact
    • 1-855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
  • Mercy Medical Center
    250 Mercy Drive
    Dubuque, Iowa 52001
    Contact
    • 1-855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
  • Sanford Childrens Specialty Clinic
    1600 West 22nd Street
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57117
    Contact
    • 1-605-333-7188