Introduction to Pediatric Cardiac Disease

Introduction to Pediatric Cardiac Disease

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Learn about the basic approach to diagnosing and treating children with congenital heart disease. 

Highlights of this course include a basic overview of cardiac anatomy and physiology, clinical presentation and pathophysiology of various congenital heart diseases, diagnosis and management of congestive heart failure, and approach to treating rheumatic heart disease.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop an approach to taking a cardiac history and performing a cardiovascular focused physical exam
  • Develop a systematic approach to interpreting chest radiographs and electrocardiograms in children with congenital heart disease
  • Explain the common presentations of specific congenital heart lesions that present at varying ages in children
  • Describe the pathophysiology of congestive heart failure
  • Develop management strategies for treating patients with congestive heart failure
  • Identify how to diagnose a child with rheumatic heart disease and list related treatment options

Suggested Audience

  • Physicians
  • Physician Trainees

Curriculum Directors

  • Kim Wilson, MD
  • Robert Geggel, MD
  • Elizabeth Williams, MD
  • Lisa DelSignore, MD
  • Traci Wolbrink, MD, MPH


Christina Ronai, MD, MSEd, George Taylor, MD, Doug Mah, MD, Nancy Braudis, RN, MS, CPNP, Lisa McCabe, RN, MS, CCRN, Tom Kulik, MD, David Bailly, DO, BS, AA, Mjaye Mazwi, MD, Mike Freed, MD, Christina VanderPluym, MD, Emmanuel Rusingiza, MD

Release Date

  • Released: September 8, 2016.