Subspecialty programs

Neuromuscular disorders (including muscular dystrophies)

Muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and other neuromuscular disorders affect the nerves that control a child’s voluntary muscles, like the arms and legs. These disorders often lead to muscle weakening, which can impact heart function. The Pediatric Heart Failure Program team helps care for children with neuromuscular disorders with a family-friendly approach that coordinates all of the child’s specialty care into one clinic visit.

That means experts in neuromuscular disorders, lung specialists (pulmonologists), cardiologists, genetics counselors and physical therapists are all available to meet with you and your child in one visit in one location. This not only makes care easier, but also makes sure all aspects of the patient’s care are as coordinated as possible.

Cardiomyopathy

Cardiomyopathy can simply be defined as “sick heart muscle.” There are many types of cardiomyopathy, so our Pediatric Heart Failure Program team works hard to identify the specific type of your child’s cardiomyopathy (including dilated, hypertrophic, restrictive and non-compaction). They will also work to identify related problems and, whenever possible, the specific cause of the disease.

The Pediatric Heart Failure Program also offers a coordinated program for family screening, which includes clinical and genetic testing. Exercise stress testing frequently is performed, too, to objectively assess aerobic capacity and to help patients and families know what level of exercise is appropriate.

F-A-C-T (Fontan Advanced Cardiac Therapies)

The F-A-C-T program brings a multidisciplinary approach to caring for patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and other single ventricle forms of heart disease who need heart failure treatment. Working together, our team can optimize care for patients who have had Fontan surgery for single ventricle disease and may be experiencing decreased heart and lung function, gastrointestinal problems and other issues.

Learn more about F-A-C-T