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Parent’s Guide to Children’s Heart Health with Children’s Hospital of Michigan


At LittleGuide Detroit, we want to make life easier for parents – which often times includes sharing cool new destinations, but also information about the best resources for your family as well – including the best pediatric hospital. Our littles our make up our hearts and we want to make sure theirs are strong and healthy, Dr. Swati Sehgal, a pediatric cardiologist from Children’s Hospital of Michigan, shares insight and tips for parents about good heart health.


Children’s Hospital of Michigan is metro Detroit’s leader in treating the most children for inpatient cardiovascular care. It is also the only hospital in the area that provides comprehensive family-centered, pediatric cardiac services. With an extensive team of pediatric cardiologists and pediatric cardiovascular surgeons, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan cardiovascular program provides a full range of advanced services for newborns, infants, children and adolescents with congenital or acquired heart disease and for adults with congenital heart disease.


Here are a few answers to common questions about pediatric heart disease.


What are the types of heart diseases in children?

The three most common heart conditions in children are heart murmurs, congenital heart disease that involves heart defects like holes in the heart or valve abnormalities or both and arrhythmias, which is abnormal heart rhythm.


When should a child be screened for heart disease?

Screening for heart disease in children is important especially if your child has heart related symptoms or an abnormal heart exam at the pediatrician’s office. Screening is also important in children who have known risk factors for premature heart disease such as: obesity, high blood pressure or family history of premature heart.


How do I lower a child’s risk for premature heart disease?

You can help lower your child’s risk of premature heart disease by implementing a heart healthy lifestyle that includes healthy diet, regular exercise and regular check-ups with their doctor.


Learn more about the services provided at Children’s Hospital of Michigan here.





About Carrie Budzinski

Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..

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