Cardiac screening before sports

Youth involvement in athletics can be rewarding and exciting. Cardiac screening guidelines are in place to keep kids safe while they are participating in sports. In the state of Texas these guidelines are governed for public schools by the UIL (University Interscholastic League). The purpose of these guidelines is...

What is an enlarged heart?

What is an enlarged heart? This is a question that comes up fairly often. Not infrequently a child is referred because a chest x-ray demonstrates an "enlarged heart". Likewise, I often hear from parents who tell me that they had a relative who was diagnosed with an enlarged heart. So what exactly does this...

Congenital Heart Disease - What does the future hold?

It is quite an exciting time in the world of pediatric cardiology.  There are very few areas of medicine (or even science, for that matter) that are evolving and advancing as fast as that relating to congenital heart disease.  There are many families that are dealing with a recent or upcoming cardiac...