Pediatric Cardiology

Our multidisciplinary team of pediatric cardiologists provides a comprehensive range of treatment options for patients up to the age of 18.

Diagnoses Treated

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  • Postoperative ventricular septal defect
  • Tetralogy of fallot
  • Transposition of great arteries
  • Postoperative tetralogy of fallot
  • Ventricular septal defect, unspecified
  • Chest pain
  • Patent ductus arteriosus
  • Aortic regurgitation
  • Postoperative atrial septal defect secundum
  • Postoperative fontan

Patient Promise

Ochsner Medical Center for Children is dedicated to providing outstanding, personalized care for infants, children and adolescents. Recognizing that pediatric care is the beginning of the health care journey, Ochsner Medical Center for Children offers an interdisciplinary approach that honors diversity, encourages open discussion and respects the parents’ and child’s rights to participate in the planning of care. Sound medical research and education, empowered by skill and technology, bolster Ochsner Medical Center for Children’s commitment to excellence in pediatric care.

Facts

Pediatric cardiology provides comprehensive services for children and adults with congenital heart disease. The department also offers the most advanced care for complex cases with state-of-the-art equipment, and provides structured follow-up for patients by working closely with their referring physicians.

History

For more than 30 years, Ochsner’s pediatric cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons have led a highly-specialized health care team that provides comprehensive services for children and adults with congenital heart disease. Committed to the Ochsner tradition of excellence in clinical care, teaching and research, the department’s dedicated staff serves both patients and referring physicians. Referring physicians and families know Ochsner’s team members personally and those relationships are maintained throughout the course of treatment and beyond.

Patient Stories

Jeramiah’s Story: Procedure Frees 6 Year Old from Oxygen Tank, click here to read his story.

FAQ

Question: What do I need to do if I’m a new patient?

  • Check in 15 minutes prior to your appointment.
  • Bring your appointment slip and any other paperwork received from Ochsner.
  • Have both your primary (and secondary if applicable) insurance information available.
  • Be prepared to make your co-payment, if applicable.
  • Please advise the receptionist if you need to leave the waiting area for any reason.
  • Please bring any medications, or a list of medications with dosage and number of times per day they are taken, along with you. Don’t forget to include over-the-counter medications.
  • A current list of drugs (formulary) covered on your insurance will also help your doctor make any necessary changes in your medication.

Question: What do I need to do if I’m a referral?

Answer: Please make sure that you have provided Ochsner with your most current insurance information and that your primary care provider listed with Ochsner is correct. Ochsner will submit the appropriate information to your insurance company to get the authorizations that you need. Ochsner will also need additional information from you on external referrals, such as your doctor’s name, specialty, address and phone number. Finally, please keep in mind that external referrals will require a little more time that internal ones.

Question: How do I get my prescriptions refilled?

Answer: If you are in need of a prescription refill, Ochsner asks that you please call your pharmacy for all refill requests. If your pharmacist has a question, they will then call Ochsner’s offices. Prescription refill requests from your pharmacy must be received in your physician’s office at least three-to-five working days prior to your medication running out. Without three-to-five working days notice, Ochsner cannot guarantee that your medication will be ready in time.

Question: How do I obtain a copy of my medical records?

Answer: Requests for medical records can be made through your physician’s office.

Question: What if I want to talk to my doctor?

Answer: Sometimes your physician or their nurse is unable to take your call because they are in clinic. In such cases, the receptionist will take a message and send it to the nurse. The physician or nurse, depending on the nature of the call, will then return your message within four hours. If your call is received after 3 p.m., your call will be returned the following business day.

Question: What if I need to see my physician immediately?

Answer: Ochsner tries to accommodate same-day appointments in urgent situations. Please contact your physician’s office and speak with the receptionist or nurse. Ochsner also has Saturday hours for urgent problems. However, if it is indeed a true life-threatening emergency, you should call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room for treatment.

Question: What if I have problem when my doctor’s office is closed?

Answer: If you have a medical concern or problem outside of normal operating hours, please call our After Hours service at 504-842-3155. The attendant will be able to make you a same-day or next-day appointment with a physician. However, if you have a true life-threatening emergency, you should call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room for treatment.

Question: How does Ochsner keep track of immunizations records?

Answer: Ochsner participates in the LINKS program, also known as the Louisiana Immunization Network for Kids Statewide. It’s a computer-based immunization information system administered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. The purpose of LINKS is to coordinate immunizations among health care providers to assure adequate immunization levels and to avoid unnecessary immunizations.

Question: What if I need to cancel or reschedule my doctor’s appointment?

Answer: Out of consideration for other patients who may need the appointment time, please give Ochsner at least 24 hours advance notice if you are unable to keep your appointment time. Under certain circumstances, you may be charged a $50 fee for failing to call to cancel your appointment.