• Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Center

    Expert Diagnosis Leads to the Best Care

    Whether you are seeking an evaluation, second opinion or you or your child has recently been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, our team has the expertise to properly diagnose and care for your child. Our cardiologists, cardiovascular genetic experts, electrophysiologist, echocardiographer, nurses and social workers collaborate in one location, making it easy for your child to receive comprehensive diagnosis and care. Additionally, we offer a genetic counseling clinic and diagnostic lab to provide the full spectrum of genetic testing and evaluation.

  • Experienced Cardiomyopathy Team

    Our program, directed by John Lynn Jefferies, MD, saw over 900 pediatric and adult patients in 2014, who traveled from 30 states and five countries, a four-fold growth in patient volume in the last five years. 

    Cardiomyopathy Treatment Options

    Based on our expert diagnosis and commitment to family-centered care, we will work with you and your family to develop the best approach for your or your child. We employ a range of cardiomyopathy treatments, including:

    • Medical / drug therapy
    • Cardiac imaging
    • Specific evaluation of the heart’s electrical system
    • Exercise and therapy recommendations
    • Evaluation and surveillance of at-risk family members
    • Cardiothoracic surgery, including Ventricular Assist Devices (VADS) and transplant

    Genetic Testing for Families

    We perform genetic screening of children and their family members to identify those at risk for cardiomyopathy. Because our physicians are board certified in pediatric and adult cardiology, our team can screen, diagnose and treat adult family members.

    Cardiomyopathy and Muscular Dystrophy

    Patients with dystrophin-based diseases, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy, are likely to develop dilated cardiomyopathy and as a result heart failure. Over the past decade, we have realized that patients with all types of neuromuscular disease may have significant cardiovascular involvement. To address these issues, we have developed a Neuromuscular Cardiology program to diagnose and manage cardiac disease in children and adults with neuromuscular disorders.

    Our approach is directed at the complete spectrum of care in patients with neuromuscular disorders. We employ state-of-the art diagnostic tools to diagnose cardiac disease as early as possible affording the family an opportunity for treatment. We believe that earlier diagnosis and implementation of appropriate treatments leads to better outcomes. We offer the most comprehensive treatment strategies that are currently available including medical and surgical interventions such as advanced pacing strategies, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs), and ventricular assist devices (VADs). We are also actively involved in multiple research studies dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease in the setting of neuromuscular disorders.