Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy

The Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy program at Children’s Hospital of Michigan is a dedicated program that provides specialized care to pediatric patients with heart failure and cardiomyopathy who require close follow-up and may need evaluation for advanced therapies like ventricular assist device and heart transplant.

The heart failure team conducts evaluation for etiology of heart failure- including genetic testing for cardiomyopathies, monitors closely for clinical changes, is able to determine need for additional studies like laboratory testing, exercise stress test, ambulatory cardiac monitoring, cardiac catheterization and need for devices. We have a highly engaged team comprising of heart failure cardiologists, nurse practitioners, social worker, nutritionist and pharmacist who provide comprehensive care to this highly unique patient population.

In patients that do not respond well to oral medications, we are able to arrange for home inotropic therapy and if all else fails, offer prompt evaluation for heart transplant and /or ventricular assist devices as necessary.
Potential conditions that might benefit from this program, patients with:

  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Restrictive cardiomyopathy
  • Chemotherapy induced cardiomyopathy
  • Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy
  • Left ventricle non compaction cardiomyopathy
  • Uremic cardiomyopathy
  • Failing Fontan with protein losing enteropathy/plastic bronchitis/chronic effusions/cyanosis with preserved function
  • Failing Fontan with impaired ventricular function
  • Adult congenital heart disease and heart failure
  • Patients who do not fit into above groups but may need evaluation of heart transplant in not-so-distant future.

Heart Failure Team

  • Physicians- Swati Sehgal MD, Jennifer Blake MD.
  • Nurse practitioners: Lauren Kelm DNP, CPNP, Brooke Leite CPNP
  • Social worker, Cassie Stewart, MSW
  • Nutritionist, Lyndsay Beaupre, RD
  • Pharmacist: Patricia Rayner

Cardiomyopathy Accreditation

Accredited Center logoChildren’s Hospital of Michigan is the only hospital in Metropolitan Detroit designated as an accredited center of care for providing high-quality cardiac care to children with cardiomyopathy. The designation is made by the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF), a national nonprofit committed to improving the health outcomes and quality of life for children with cardiomyopathy. Cardiomyopathy is a chronic heart disease that affects how the heart pumps blood through the body.  Children’s Hospital of Michigan received this recognition for providing consistent high-quality cardiac care and specialized disease management to children with cardiomyopathy. Center accreditation is based on self-reported hospital data, which is evaluated on the volume of pediatric cardiomyopathy patients, variety of pediatric patient services offered, expertise in the treatment and management of cardiomyopathy in children, and affiliation with an academic research institution. Information about CCF’s Accredited Center of Care program and selection criteria is available on CCF’s website.

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