We found 3 pediatric cardiologists who accept Humana Simplicity HMO near Wheat Ridge, CO.

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Dr. Michael Stuart Schaffer, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
3455 Lutheran Parkway; Suite 230
Wheat Ridge, CO
 

Dr. Michael Schaffer is a specialist in pediatric cardiology. He is especially interested in arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). Dr. Schaffer is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. He is affiliated with Children's Hospital Colorado, Centura Health, and CU Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems, Arrhythmias

Dr. Elizabeth Yeung, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
3455 Lutheran Parkway; Suite 230
Wheat Ridge, CO
 

Dr. Elizabeth Yeung, who practices in Aurora, CO, Wheat Ridge, CO, and Broomfield, CO, is a medical specialist in pediatric cardiology. She accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Yeung obtained her medical school training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital Colorado, Centura Health, and the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH).

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Clinical interests: Congenital Heart Disease

Dr. Jeffrey R Darst, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
3455 Lutheran Parkway; Suite 230
Wheat Ridge, CO
 

Dr. Jeffrey Darst's specialty is pediatric cardiology. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Darst is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital Colorado, Lutheran Hospital, and the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH).

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Clinical interests: Congenital Heart Disease, Anxiety, Pulmonary Hypertension, Mental Health Issues

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What is Pediatric Cardiology?

Pediatric cardiologists are doctors who specialize in children’s heart problems. Their patients may range in age from unborn babies still in the womb to teenagers, and in some cases even adults. The main difference between pediatric cardiology and adult cardiology is not only that pediatric cardiologists treat younger patients. Pediatric cardiologists are much more likely to treat heart problems that are congenital, meaning a patient is born with them.

Due to the advances of modern medicine, babies who are born with congenital heart disorders are more likely than ever to survive into adulthood. In certain cases, pediatric cardiologists continue to provide care for these adult patients, because their training and experience gives them particular insight to the kind of heart problems these adult survivors have.

Other than congenital heart disease, pediatric cardiologists also treat:
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Chest pain
  • Murmurs or palpitations
  • Infections of the heart
  • Valve disorders
  • Cardiomyopathy, or problems with the heart muscle
  • Arrhythmia, or irregular heart beats
  • Congestive heart failure

A pediatric cardiologist often uses tests called echocardiograms and electrocardiograms (EKG) to examine the structure and activity of the heart. Once a diagnosis is made, treatment may involve lifestyle changes, catheterization (where a thin tube is threaded through a blood vessel to the heart to open blockages or provide further information), or surgery.
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