Pediatric General Cardiology

What is Pediatric General Cardiology?

Having a child with a congenital (present at birth) heart disease or cardiovascular (heart and vascular) condition can be stressful and overwhelming. At Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Heart Institute for general cardiology, we understand these feelings. We are here for your family — from the moment of diagnosis to treatment and recovery and into adulthood, if needed.

When it comes to your child's heart, you can trust our expert team of general cardiologists (doctors who specialize in treating conditions that affect the heart and vascular system) to provide the care they need. We treat all kinds of heart and vascular conditions and have the largest cardiology network in South Florida – with more than 17 cardiologists conveniently located throughout the community.

Heart Care in a Community Setting

Pediatric Cardiology Specialist - Dr Kak-Chen Chan

Our team of pediatric cardiologists has expertise in diagnosing and treating heart conditions in infants, children and adolescents. Whether your child’s heart condition is found before birth, after birth, or as they grow, we work with you to find the most effective treatment for your child’s specific needs.

As part of the Memorial Healthcare System, our community cardiologists have access to extensive resources and highly trained cardiovascular specialists. This network benefits your child if they require heart surgery, coordination with other specialty services, or care for serious and rare disorders.

If your child or a loved one needs these services, please contact us directly at 954-265-3437.

Conditions We Treat

Whether your child was recently diagnosed or is living with a congenital heart condition, we offer specialized care and compassionate support to the entire family.

Heart conditions we care for include:

  • Heart palpitations: Feelings of having a fast-beating, fluttering or pounding heart.
    • ECG/EKG abnormality: Underlying heart conditions measured by the electrical activity of the heart.
  • Arrhythmias: An irregular heartbeat.
  • Congenital heart disease or abnormality: A problem with the structure of the heart that develops before birth.
  • Heart murmurs: Extra or abnormal sounds made by blood flowing through the heart.
  • High blood pressure: When the force of blood on the blood vessel walls is too high.
  • Syncope: A temporary loss of consciousness (fainting).
  • Cardiomyopathy: A disease of the heart muscle.
  • Chest pain: Discomfort in the chest like a dull ache, a burning feeling, a sharp stabbing pain, or pain that radiates to the neck or shoulder.
  • Lipid disorders: High levels of fat particles in the blood.
  • Long QT syndrome: A disorder of the heart's electrical activity.

Diagnostic Testing

  • CT scan: Uses a series of X-rays and a computer to produce a 3D image of soft tissues and bones to detect diseases and injuries.
  • Echocardiography: A noninvasive test using ultrasound waves to take moving pictures of the heart.
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG): A noninvasive test using electrodes placed on the chest and limbs to measure heart activity.
  • Electrophysiology: A test performed to assess your heart's electrical system or activity.
  • Lab: Involves testing a sample of blood, urine or other substance from the body.
  • MRI: A magnetic resonance imagining scan that produces detailed images of the organs and tissues in the body.
  • Nuclear testing: A scan that uses radioactive substances to see structures and functions inside the body.
  • Stress test: An exam that shows how well your heart works during physical activity.
  • Ultrasound: An imaging test that uses sound waves to create a picture of organs, tissues and other structures inside the body.

Diagnostic tests are available at multiple locations.


  • ADHD cardiac screening: An evaluation for children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and a medical history of cardiac disease before being treated with stimulant therapy.
  • Event monitoring: A portable device used to record the heart’s electrical activity during symptoms.
  • Exercise testing: A test that measures how the heart responds to work.
  • Holter monitoring: A portable device that monitors your heart function continuously for 24 hours or longer.
  • Outpatient care: For patients undergoing treatments and medical procedures that do not require overnight hospital stays.
  • Preventative cardiology: Our experts evaluate and treat heart disease risk factors in children, such as obesity and high blood pressure.
  • Sports clearance: An in-depth assessment of the heart to determine a child’s risk of sudden cardiac death.

Find a Location

In collaboration with Mednax Pediatrix Cardiology of South Florida, we offer comprehensive pediatric general cardiology services.

Our pediatric cardiologists are conveniently located in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
Medical Office Building
1150 N. 35th Avenue, Suite 490
Hollywood, FL

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center - Wellington
3377 South State Road 7, Suite 100
Wellington, FL 33449

To make a referral or schedule an appointment, call Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Heart Institute at 954-265-3437.

The physicians below are not employed by Memorial Healthcare System and are working under an affiliate relationship for General Cardiology services.

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