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If your child needs advanced heart care, it can be a stressful time for the whole family. At Pediatric Heart Specialists (PHS), our heart experts are here to guide you every step of the way.

A cholesterol screening is when your child’s doctor measures the type and amount of fat in your child’s blood with a test called a lipid panel. Lipid means types of fat. Lipid panels are routinely done in adults, so you may have had one before, too.

Congenital means present at birth. Congenital heart disease (CHD), also called “congenital heart defects,” means any problem with the way your baby’s heart formed in the womb. Some congenital heart diseases in babies can result in a hole in the heart, problems with the heart’s valves, or heart rhythm problems (called arrhythmia). These problems can affect how blood flows through the heart and to the rest of the body.

Detecting heart conditions early can help doctors plan your baby’s care and delivery and give them the best chance at a healthy, happy life. At Pediatric Heart Specialists (PHS), we know nothing is more important than your child. That’s why we’re available anytime you need us, to provide the answers and care you and your baby need.

Having your child be referred to a cardiologist can be a stressful experience. Likewise, hearing that your child does not have serious heart disease can be a great relief! However, there are some times where your child may look or feel fine, but the doctor still says that they need to come back. If the heart is healthy, why is follow up so important?