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.

The Cardiomyopathy Program at Cincinnati Children’s is a Children’s Myopathy Foundation Accredited Center of Care

Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation.We are proud to be named an Accredited Center of Care by the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) for providing consistent high-quality heart care and specialized disease management to children with cardiomyopathy.

Center accreditation is based on self-reported hospital data, which is evaluated on the volume of pediatric cardiomyopathy patients, variety of pediatric patient services offered, expertise in the treatment and management of cardiomyopathy in children, and affiliation with an academic research institution.

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Cardiomyopathy & Genetics: Online Q&A

Watch our Cardiomyopathy & Genetics Q&A above, and click here to download additional questions not covered in the video.

Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Program

Ventricular Assist Device Program.
The Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) program is a nationally recognized leader in mechanical circulatory support (MCS). > VAD Program