to diagnose and treat heart conditions in children, including heart disease and congenital heart defects. Dr. Park is trained to handle the most complex cardiologic disorders, taking into account the delicate nature of a child's developing heart and body.
Pediatric cardiology is a highly specialized field of medicine that provides care to infants, children and adolescents suffering from illnesses and conditions of the heart, as well as related structures and biological processes. Pediatric cardiologists are specifically trained to treat children for these types of disorders – the type and manner of care that children require is much different from that of an adult. The majority of pediatric cardiologists provide care within a hospital or medical center; however, about ten percent of these physicians provide care in a private practice and act as “primary care” pediatric cardiologists.
Young patients may require care from a pediatric cardiologist for a wide variety of reasons. Children suffering from heart disease, congenital or acquired heart defects, arrhythmias or pulmonary valve disease among others, usually require the care of a pediatric cardiologist. Additionally, children suffering from symptoms such as fainting, chest pain or quick loss of breath during exercise may indicate a heart condition or complication. Although these symptoms do not always indicate a heart problem, primary care physicians may suggest screening or diagnostic treatment from a pediatric cardiologist to rule out heart diseases or complications.
Pediatric cardiologists utilize a wide range of procedures and tests when diagnosing children with heart problems. These may include exercise tests, cardiac MRIs, ECG or EKGs, echocardiography tests and cardiac catheterization, among others. After making a diagnosis, pediatric cardiologists may implement a multidisciplinary treatment plan that is dependent upon the child’s specific situation.