The Division of Cardiology provides comprehensive consultative, diagnostic and therapeutic services for patients with illnesses that affect the heart and circulatory system. This includes children with congenital or acquired heart disease including arrhythmias, cardiac rhythm disturbances and heart murmurs.
Our division provides comprehensive cardiac services to children in the outpatient (consultations) and inpatient setting. We collaborate with other pediatric specialists in our institution in multidisciplinary clinics caring for children with complex conditions.
Our team performs a variety of diagnostic tests such as electrocardiogram (ECG), stress tests, cardiac echocardiography (including fetal cardiac echocardiography), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
The MCH’s highly skilled team of cardiologists also offers a wide range of procedures such as catheter based structural and electrophysiology interventions.
Cardiac catheterization procedures, including therapeutic interventional catheterization techniques, can avoid, in certain situations, the need for more invasive procedures, such as open-heart surgery. These lifesaving treatments include:
- Dilatation (opening) of blocked heart valves and narrowed or blocked vessels using a balloon
- Implantation of wire devices called stents, to treat vascular obstructions
- Embolization (closing) of abnormal blood vessels and connections in the heart
- Occlusion (closing) of holes (septal defects) in the heart
- Obtaining biopsies (sampling of heart muscle)
- Elimination (by ablation) of aberrant electric circuits that cause cardiac rhythm disturbances
We closely collaborate with the cardiovascular surgeons, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), cardiac anesthesiologists and other team members to provide the highest standard of care for children with complex cardiac conditions.
The Montreal Children’s Hospital is linked to the provincial Telehealth network. Cardiac consultation services, including echocardiography via telemedicine, are offered to other health centres that are part of the network.
Our division also offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic foetal cardiology consultations and works in close collaboration with the Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) unit of the McGill University Health Centre.
Young adults with significant cardiac conditions are referred to the adult Congenital Cardiology clinic, the MAUDE unit, also situated on the Glen site.
Our patients benefit from the services of the Fondation En Coeur, a provincial organization that helps families of cardiac children in Quebec.
All members of our division participate in teaching Pediatric Cardiology to trainees at all levels and we offer an accredited core pediatric cardiology training program as well as subspecialty fellowships (interventional cardiology and advanced training in pediatric cardiac non-invasive imaging) open to Canadian and international residents. Cardiologists are also involved in multiple local and multi-centric research projects.