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Pediatric Cardiology FAQs | Brenner Children’s Hospital

Frequently Asked Questions



Will my child’s heart condition affect their growth and learning capabilities? 

Each child and each heart condition is different. We will talk with you in great detail about how your child may be affected by his or her heart condition. Our goal is to get your child as healthy as possible to live a fun, full and productive life.

Can my child play sports and participate in the things they love to do? 

Our goal is to see your child enjoy life. We will do everything possible to get them back to doing their favorite things. Certain conditions and treatments may, however, limit your child’s ability to participate in some sports and other physical activities. Your doctor will provide you with this guidance in detail during your child’s period of care. 

Why do heart conditions occur? 

There is no one thing that causes a child to have a heart condition. In fact, many heart conditions occur before a woman even knows she is pregnant. Researchers are currently looking into the various causes of heart conditions in children (including genetic, environmental and other risk factors), but currently there is no known way to stop a heart condition from occurring.

Is my baby going to be okay? 

While there is no guarantee, our team of specially trained pediatric cardiology specialists use the latest in technology and leading-edge care to take care of babies, children, teens and young adults with heart conditions. We provide exceptional care for your child and are dedicated to committing all of our resources to helping him or her get better.


About Our Heart Program 


Why should I choose the pediatric program at Brenner Children’s Hospital? 

The clinicians and healthcare professionals at Brenner Children's Heart Program make up the most experienced pediatric cardiology team in the state. Our experts are specially trained to treat and cure your child’s heart condition, and we care for pediatric patients with all types of congenital and acquired heart conditions.

We see babies before they are born in our fetal cardiology unit and treat premature infants, young children, teens, young adults and, in some cases, adults diagnosed with congenital heart conditions, in our many other clinical units and outreach clinics. We work closely with you and your family to ensure communication during your child’s period of care and continue long-term care for patients that need it throughout their lives.

What types of heart problems do you treat? 

The pediatric cardiology experts at Brenner are exceptionally trained doctors involved in some of the world’s most groundbreaking clinical care and research. With access to the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology available, we treat children with nearly every type of heart condition. 

Learn more about the types of heart conditions we treat and manage.  


What happens next? 

We want you to know each step of your child’s treatment plan. Your doctor will determine this plan and review it with you in great detail. We welcome you to contact us at any time with any questions you may have. You are also given access to a patient navigator or guide that can advise you throughout your child’s entire stay at Brenner Children’s Hospital.


How often do we need to see you? 

Your treatment schedule will depend upon your child’s condition. Your pediatric cardiologist will work with you to set up a schedule that fits your child’s specific healthcare treatment needs.

Contact Information 


Where are you located? 

Our main clinics are located at Brenner Children’s Hospital on Medical Center Boulevard on the 7th floor of Ardmore Tower West. Our off-site clinics are located throughout western North Carolina. View all of our clinic locations.

What is your phone number?

You can reach your pediatric cardiology team at 336-713-4500.

When are you available? 

Each location has office hours that are dedicated to serve the needs of our patients. Your child’s doctor(s) will also be available to you at all times for any questions you may have during your child’s period of care. For more information, please call 336-713-4500.


Can we contact our doctor directly?

Yes. We feel it is extremely important for you to have direct access to your doctor. You will be given direct phone numbers and email information to ask any questions you may have.