What causes pediatric chest pain?

Children running around outside.

Chest pain is very common in children and teenagers.  In 94-99% of cases there is no underlying disease causing it and there is nothing wrong with the heart. In fact, the pain is not even coming from the heart.  The pain is real; kids are not “faking” the pain.

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What is Orthostatic Hypotension?


Orthostatic hypotension is also known his postural hypotension and commonly known as a “head rush”.  It is a situation that is quite common in both pediatrics and adults.  It occurs when a person stands up from a sitting-down or lying-down position and the effect of gravity on the body causes about a half of a liter of blood to shift from the upper to the lower part of the body. 

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What is vasovagal syncope?

If you’ve ever fainted from the sight of blood or standing in the heat for too long, you’ve likely experienced vasovagal syncope. As the most common cause of fainting, vasovagal syncope is generally not considered to be a dangerous event, nor a sign of a more serious cardiac condition.

A woman faints on a beach.

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What is a Heart Murmur?

If you have heard the doctor say the words “heart murmur”, you might wonder what that means exactly. 

anatomical heart with ekg pulse

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The Interpretation of the ECG Interpretation

Baby examThe physician receiving ECG results may question what these mean in some instances, what is significant and finally, what to do with the results.  This is a brief review of the terminology and implications of ECG interpretations to assist providers in their decision making.

Intraventricular Conduction Delay

This is also known as conduction delay, IVCD, or incomplete right bundle branch block (iRBBB).

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Kids' Guide to Heart Healthy Eating

People need to eat a healthy diet. This is true for everyone, including kids, adults and those with congenital heart disease. Children who consume excess calories are at risk for becoming overweight or obese. Being overweight is associated with diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions.

kids guide to heart healthy eating

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Can Children With Heart Disease Play Sports?

Most children with heart disease can play sports. Staying active and playing on a team can enhance a child’s physical fitness, confidence and social development. Sports are good for children whether or not they were born with congenital heart disease (CHD).

 Can children with heart disease play sports?

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How to Choose a Pediatric Cardiologist

Heart defects are common in newborns. About eight out of 1,000 babies born in the U.S. have a congenital heart defect. Parents often learn of the problem following a routine prenatal ultrasound or soon after their baby is born.

How to choose a pediatric cardiologist

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What Is Cardiac Catheterization?

When your child visits a pediatric cardiologist you’ll likely hear a lot of medical terms for the first time. Coping with so much new information can be overwhelming. We often use this blog to explain common practices of a children’s heart doctor.

cardiac catheterization

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