What is a pediatric cardiologist?

A pediatric cardiologist is a pediatrician with specialty training.  A pediatric cardiologist has received extensive training in diagnosing and treating cardiac problems in children.  Evaluation and treatment may begin with the fetus since heart problems can now be detected before birth and continue well into adulthood as more and more patients are thriving with congenital heart disease as adults.  A pediatric cardiologist is trained to perform and interpret procedures such as electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, chest-x-rays, and exercise stress tests.  In cases of more significant heart disease, a pediatric cardiologist may perform a cardiac catheterization in order to diagnose or treat the cardiac problem.  If the child needs surgery, the pediatric cardiologist and pediatric cardiac surgeon work together in planning cardiac surgery and in post-operative care.

Do I need a referral for the visit?

The need for a referral depends on your insurance. We can work with you to ensure that you obtain one from your insurance company. For questions please call 518-489-3292.

Do I need to accompany my child for the visit?

Yes, we require parents or guardian with the appropriate documents to accompany all patients under the age of 18.

Do I need to prepare my child for any of the diagnostic tests?

No special preparation is required for noninvasive diagnostic testing.

How long will the visit take?

Typically, visits last up to 2 hours depending on what, if any, testing is required. Electrocardiograms, consults and exams are done routinely. In most instances, additional testing such as a chest x-ray and/or echocardiogram is required.

When will I receive results?

The timeliness of the results depends on the test performed. You will get results from the physician immediately when an electrocardiogram or an echocardiogram is done.

Will you report the findings of the visit to my primary care physician/pediatrician?

A letter and report of findings will be sent to your physician for all new visits and follow up visits.

What is my monetary responsibility?

You will be responsible for any applicable co-payment, deductible or coinsurance at the time of the visit.

Please also refer to our Patient Financial Policy And Responsibility For Payment form.

Whom do I contact about a bill I have received from Capital District Pediatric Cardiology Associates?

For any questions please call 518-489-3292.