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Cardiology: Children's Heart Centre

The Children’s Heart Centre cardiology clinic provides complete care for children and adolescents living with all kinds of congenital and acquired heart disease.
Our program
Our multi-disciplinary team provides excellent health care ranging from prenatal diagnosis to early adulthood care. 

The clinic provides diagnostic services and comprehensive treatment and care options, including: 
  • dysautonomia program 
  • heart function program
  • heart transplant program
  • interventional cardiac catheterisation program 
  • inherited arrhythmia program
  • neurodevelopmental follow-up for patients with congenital heart disease
  • pulmonary hypertension program
  • screening for congenital heart disease
  • surgical services
The Children’s Heart Centre is a training hub where health professionals build expertise in cardiac care. Trainees further enhance the quality of care provided, and research conducted here helps improve patient health outcomes. 

Cardiac services

Your connection with our cardiac team begins with an individual consultation with a Heart Centre physician or nurse clinician. 

This includes detailed discussion of:
  • your child’s heart condition
  • planned diagnostic tests and procedures, including printed literature 
  • prescribed medications, including administration, side effects and monitoring requirements
  • when to seek additional medical attention for your child
  • how to optimize your child’s care, both before and after surgery
We provide complete support and aftercare, monitoring patients through the years as they grow, develop and thrive.

Our commitment to family-centred care means that we educate and support parents to safeguard their child’s health. 

We empower parents with:
  • Help with infants and children who have difficulty feeding or gaining weight due to some forms of congenital heart disease. Dieticians, nurses, occupational therapists and lactation consultants are available for individual consultation and support.
  • Opportunities for connections through the Children’s Heart Network for parent-to-parent support.
  • Information about upcoming conferences, youth events and family support services.
  • Overview of medications or immunizations to decrease the risk of infectious diseases.
  • Supporting children to meet their developmental milestones – your cardiac team is available to discuss concerns and refer families to appropriate hospital and community support services.
In addition, we recommend the Western Canadian Children’s Heart Network and Children’s Heart Network as resources for parents.
The Heart Centre provides specialized support for youth aged 12 and up, including individual consultations to review diagnoses and management plans. 

We empower teens with:
  • Hearts of Gold, a congenital heart disease support group, in collaboration with Children’s Heart Network.
  • ON TRAC, a team of care providers who help youth graduate from the pediatric health care system and transition to adult medical care.
  • Opportunity to participate in the biannual Growing up with Heart Disease conference, covering subjects including transitioning to adult care, sexual health, and medical and surgical advances in the treatment and management of congenital heart defects. 
  • Two-day youth camp, organized through Hearts of Gold at Camp Summit, Squamish, BC.
BC Children’s Hospital Youth Program offers services ranging from wellness information to transition support.

We also recommend these written resources:

In your community

BC Children’s Hospital

Our clinic is located in the main hospital building, just past Second Cup (near Entrance 11). See the Community Map (PDF).

Surrey Memorial Hospital

Every week we conduct pediatric cardiology clinics at Surrey Memorial Hospital, 13750 - 96th Avenue, Surrey, BC. (Interactive map.)

Community clinics

We also provide community clinics at several BC locations through our Provincial Partnerships program. 
Your visit

The Children’s Heart Centre clinic completes assessments and routine testing.

Assessment

The cardiac team will review your child's medical history, discuss your concerns and complete a full physical assessment which may include:
  • assessing the pulses in your child's hands and feet
  • determining oxygen saturation with a sensor that wraps around a finger or toe
  • listening to the chest with a stethoscope
  • measuring height and weight

What to bring

Please bring the following to your appointment:
  • appointment itinerary information (doctor's name, department, appointment time and location)
  • BC Services Card (Care Card)
  • information about current medications and dosages, including herbal supplements and vitamin supplements
  • toys, books, games, music, snacks, drinks and diapers to help your children pass the time
Your visit will last two to three hours to allow us to provide a complete assessment. Younger siblings may find this tiring. Alternative babysitting arrangements may make your visit more comfortable, or consider attending with another guardian.

If you need to cancel

Please tell us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend – at least 48 hours ahead, if you can, so that your appointment time can be used by another patient.

If your child has an infection

Please let us know if your child has been in contact with any infectious diseases (such as chickenpox or measles) during the three weeks before your appointment. We might need to reschedule.

If you need an interpreter 

Please let us know, as early as possible, if an interpreter would be helpful.

Tests

Patients may be required to complete a series of tests based upon the nature of their clinical visit.

Diagnostic procedures take anywhere from 15-60 minutes. 

An electrocardiogram (ECG) checks the heart’s electrical activity, including heart rate (beats per minute) and heart rhythm (synchronized pumping). An ECG shows this electrical activity as line tracings on paper, called waves.

This procedure only takes a few minutes and consists of placing "stickers" on your child's arms, chest and legs. 

This test does not cause any pain for your child.
 
 
An echocardiogram (echo test) is a type of ultrasound in which high-pitched sound waves are used to create moving pictures of your child’s heart on a monitor screen.

This procedure can take up to 60 minutes and requires your child to lie down and remain still while the technician operates the scan. You may bring in items (music, smartphone or tablet) to help keep your child still for as long as possible. 

Some children (usually those who are less than three years old) may require a mild sedative. Parents are informed in advance if this will be the case. To make the sedative more effective, we ask that children fast prior to the procedure: five hours from solids, four hours from formula, three hours from breast milk and two hours from clear fluids.

This test does not cause any pain for your child.
 
An exercise electrocardiogram (ECG) checks for changes in your child’s heart rate and rhythm while they exercise.

A resting ECG is completed before the exercise ECG. This indicates that it’s safe to commence exercise testing.

This procedure takes around 30 minutes and your child will be asked to walk, speed walk and jog on a treadmill while being closely monitored. 

You will be informed ahead of time if a stress test is needed. Your child should wear appropriate clothes for physical activity and running shoes. Please ensure your child has had breakfast or lunch at least one hour prior to the test.

This test does not cause any pain for your child.
 
Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) require routine check-ups to ensure they are operating at maximum efficiency and to confirm battery life.

Also, cardiac devices will keep a record of your child’s heart rate and heart rhythm, which can let staff know about their health and whether treatment changes are required. 

This procedure takes 20 minutes and consists of placing four 'stickers' and a magnet over the skin of the pacemaker site.

This test does not cause any pain for your child.


Our team
Our dedicated and highly experienced health professionals create a safe, compassionate and healing environment.

The Children’s Heart Centre clinic is led by North American experts in children’s cardiology, overseeing excellence in treatment and research. 

Together, we will meet your child’s medical needs and keep you informed all the way along.

Dr. Shubhayan Sanatani
Division Head


Dr. Sanjiv Gandhi
Cardiac Surgeon
June Albrecht
Office Manager (& Dr. Hosking Secretary)

Carolyn Bobyk
Private Secretary (Dr. Gandhi)


Diana Campanile
Clinical & UBC Program Secretary (Dr. Harris/Dr. Duncan)


Doris Chang
Quality Analyst

Jennifer Chuon
Clinical Secretary (Dr. Human/Dr. Armstrong)

Allison Jamieson
Research and Surgical Booking Coordinator


Sarina Kambo
Clinic Receptionist


Melissa Kong 
Filing Clerk


Michelle Legaspi
UBC Coordinator


Lyn Nguyen
CPAC Clerk


Ivy Tsz
Booking Secretary


Veronica Vargas
Booking Secretary


Lana Woo
Referral Coordinator/Clinical Secretary (Dr. Kakadekar)


Kayla Yard
Clinical Secretary (Dr. Sanatani/Dr. Moodley) 

PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM  


Harpreet Johal
Partnership Booking Secretary 


Farisha Khan 
Partnership Program Secretary
 
 
ECG LAB  


Sabrina Chow
Cardiology Technician

Zsannett Banati
Cardiology Technician

Claudia Georgescu
Cardiology Technician


Jordanne Toews
Cardiology Technician


Livia Virgolici
Cardiology Technician  

ECHO LAB  


Joshua Coulson
Diagnostic Supervisor

Eustace De Souza
Echocardiographer


Ramandeep Gill
Echocardiographer


Shona Hennessey
Echocardiographer 

AJ Hollinger
Echocardiographer 


Maria Ramiro
Echocardiographer 


Jessica VanderZaag
Echocardiographer


Lindsey Williams
Echocardiographer 

ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY PROGRAM  


Sonia Franciosi
Research Assistant


Amy Hart
EP Technician 

STRESS EXERCISE LAB  


Astrid De Souza
Cardio Exercise Physiologist 
Linda Adams
Nurse Clinician


Susan Casey 
Nurse Clinician


Rebecca Drake (surgical)
Nurse Practitioner

Patricia Eastman
Nurse Clinician

Connie Enns
Nurse Clinician (Partnership Clinic)

Jan Frew
Nurse Clinician (Surrey Clinic)


Anna Murray
Nurse Clinician


Daina Pedwell
Nurse Clinician


Leslie Raffin
Nurse Clinician

Misty Reis (Surgical)
Nurse Practitioner


Emily Tai (Surgical)
Nurse Practitioner

‎Dr. Kathryn Armstrong

Pediatric Cardiologist, Heart Function & Transplant


Dr. Walter Duncan
Cardiologist


Dr. Kevin Harris
Cardiologist, Research Director


Dr. Martin Hosking
Cardiologist


Dr. Derek Human
Cardiologist 


Dr. Ashok Kakadekar
Cardiologist


Dr. Shreya Moodley
Cardiologist 


Steven Rathgeber
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