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By: Cheryl R.
Pediatric Heart Care Partners
As a nurse, I have worked for 18 years with all 4 of these wonderful doctors. They are the best pediatric cardiologists in Louisville. They will see a baby or child at 3 am with the most caring, patient demeanor for the child and parents. They are excellent doctors and are great at explaining to the parents everything about their child's condition.
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By: May H.
Pediatric Heart Care Partners
I met Dr. Arensman almost 18 years ago when he began treating my infant twin son for VSD. He made sure I understood exactly what his condition was and kept me very informed as he grew older. He is now seventeen and in great heart health. The staff is very pleasant and knowledgeable.
By: drvillafane
Children's Heart Specialists PSC
excellent and professional service at a reasonable time expand.
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Yes, children will generally need a referral to see a specialist such as a pediatric cardiologist.
As with any doctor practicing in the United States , cardiologists are only required to be licensed to practice medicine in the state in which they reside. Being certified by a medical board is a separate process, however approximately 85 percent of U.S. physicians are certified by at least one specialized medical association.
Pediatric cardiologists can perform or recommend imaging of the heart and tests for its function, which may include:
  • Ultrasound, CT or PET scans.
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Respirometry
  • Exercise study
  • Blood tests
  • General physical exam
A pediatric cardiologist helps diagnose and treat cardiovascular diseases through noninvasive means, but may recommend a patient for surgery. The pediatric cardiac surgeon is the doctor who performs these surgeries when needed.
In the United States, pediatric cardiologists must first complete the same training as all medical doctors, including four years of undergraduate study and four years of medical school. Next, students will begin their three-year residency, during which they might choose to specialize in pediatrics. To specialize in cardiology, students will usually need to undergo additional years of training.

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